After a bad breakup, the only place 23-year-old Jeanne has to stay in Paris is the flat of her father. But when Jeanne arrives, she finds that his new girlfriend has moved in too: Arianne, a young woman her own age. Each is looking for their own kind of love in a city filled with possibilities.
A lithe romantic triangle, Philippe Garrel only needs the barest means—plus 35mm black & white film—to tell a lovely story of two young women (one played by his daughter) trying to find what love means to them.
Charming, and an unusual situation explored. Though the wider social meaning of the father-student relationship is ignored completely, neither age(gap) nor gender roles are irrelevant, and both are important themes. Some nice dialogue and pleasing close-ups of a gorgeous young freckly face.
You have to hand it to Garrel for always being interested in exploring the stickier sides of relationships and with another script from Deruas you know you'll be looking at jealousy, adultery and the re-negotiation of relationships as truths surface. Good performances, minimal sound design and a nostalgia stirring black and white aesthetic all pull things together cohesively. 3 stars
Digital. There is no turning back, Garrel don't leave the little stories of "horn pain", filming them directly without any special cinematic addition, except for Renato Berta's cinematography and the sound: here we can still hear some concrete sounds out-of-the-field, as steps on the stairs - but, hélàs, the use of music has already trivialized. Soporific, if we can resist to so many cries and howls.
The struggles and turbulences of a modern day relationship as seen through the 35mm lens of a New Wave auteur. Infidelity, jealousy, unspoken truths - themes so strongly vivid within all of Garrel's world - are reworked towards a more articulated and engaged reflection on what human feelings truly entail. DoP Berta's black & white photography, crisp and atmospheric at the same time, acts like an added character.