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Mubi has locked down the U.S., U.K. and Ireland rights to Lover For A Day (L'Amant d’un jour), the third and final installment of writer-director Philippe Garrel's trilogy on love. The drama premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Sacd prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild. Co-written by Garrel, Jean-Claude Carriere, Caroline Deruas and Arlette Langmann, the film follows Jeanne who, after a devastating breakup, has to stay… »
French director Philippe Garrel has always only needed the barest means to make movie magic: a beautiful, tragic face, a sad wall to put behind it, a mournful, pensive walk alone on the street. He is back in Cannes at the Directors’ Fortnight, having first come in 1969 with Le lit de la vierge, and once again proves he is nearly alone is continuing the French New Wave’s revolution of creating celluloid myths from mere bedrooms and cafes. Lover for a Day, his newest, one of his most simple, is a lithe, splendid picture, dazzling in its clarity, direct emotional resonance and condensed storytelling. The set-up, co-written with Garrel’s partner Caroline Deruas-Garrel and his usual writer Arlette Langmann, along with Jean-Claude Carrière, is inspired: A young woman, Jeanne (Garrel’s daughter, Esther) breaks up with her boyfriend and must stay at the flat of his father, Gilles (Éric Caravaca), who, »
Defiantly independent French director Philippe Garrel continues to question how to love, be loved and overcome the inevitable disappointment when betrayal occurs in “Lover for a Day,” an alluring and very elegantly crafted — though largely predictable — romantic dramedy that should do well in territories where the French auteur is already known and esteemed.
The film opens with a young brunette sitting on the sidewalk at night, sobbing her heart out, so upset she can’t breathe. Judging by the big luggage she’s carrying, it’s likely that her lover has just thrown her out of the apartment. In the next scene, we hear a young woman’s sighing — only this time, it’s a gasp of pleasure, not of pain, as she enjoys illicit sex with an older lover in a university bathroom.
The sight of women crying is nothing new in Garrel’s films; in fact, most of them do, »
- Pamela Pianezza
One Day Lover
Director: Philippe Garrel
French auteur Philippe Garrel presented one of his strongest entries in years with 2015’s In the Shadow of Women, which opened the Directors’ Fortnight.
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- Nicholas Bell
4 items from 2017
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