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37 Ratings

The Salt of Tears

Le sel des larmes

Directed by Philippe Garrel
France, Switzerland, 2020


The film follows Luc while travelling to Paris. There he has a short romance with Djemila before leaving for his hometown where he starts an relationship with Geneviève.

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The Salt of Tears Directed by Philippe Garrel
Garrel treats the need for narrative closure as nonchalantly as Luc treats the need for relationship closure, and the ethereal sensibility of one of the true poets of cinema remains ever intact.
April 26, 2020
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I suspect The Salt of Tears is the film we will most often point to when we discuss “late Garrel.” It’s a catalog of the director’s recent preoccupations and formal moves—among them widescreen black and white cinematography and joyous, kinetic dance sequences—all working to the best effect since Regular Lovers (2005).
February 27, 2020
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The Salt of Tears earns this spotlight; not by being significantly different from recent, modest films from the director—why would a well-viewed audience expect such a thing?—but from doing what it does well, first tenderly, then with just cruelty, ending on one of the great abbreviated denouements in recent memory.
February 24, 2020
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