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L'ombre des Femmes

Réalisé par Philippe Garrel
France, 2015
Drame, Romantique


Pierre et Manon sont pauvres. Ils font des documentaires avec rien et vivent grâce à des jobs alimentaires. Pierre rencontre une jeune stagiaire, Elisabeth, et elle devient sa maitresse. Mais Pierre ne veut pas quitter Manon pour Elisabeth, il veut garder les deux.

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L'ombre des Femmes Réalisé par Philippe Garrel
Garrel moves gracefully between their perspectives, encouraging empathy with all three while also noting their limitations. The film is particularly astute when it comes to analyzing the hero’s “typically male” equivocation and entitlement; it’s also generous enough to let the character realize his errors before they ruin him. This may be Garrel’s lightest, most optimistic work, though that’s not to say that any of it feels frivolous.
February 12, 2016
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Garrel’s film is not a work of nostalgia but a film about nostalgia or, rather, the temptation and threat of nostalgia in the face of the endurance of the grand past, which dominates the present day. “In the Shadow of Women” resounds with a quiet astonishment at the epochal clashes and heroic exertions on which today’s private struggles depend.
January 15, 2016
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Merhar emotes so little than his bodily tremble during a climactic argument with his wife is seismic. Courau, on the other hand, frowns, dotes, laughs, and seems entirely human. If anything is natural to this pair, and to pairs elsewhere, it’s the tendency to imagine that our partners are somehow better than average, gifted and good—nothing short of infallible. Garrel pokes holes in and pokes fun at this pretension, but he has no rancor for his characters. Shorn of illusions, we can lie together.
January 14, 2016
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