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Joshua Reviews Phillipe Garrel’s In The Shadow Of Women [Theatrical Review]

15 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Usually one doesn’t think of seeing a “best film of the year” contender in what is usually the dumping ground known as January and February. However, distributor Distrib Films and director Philippe Garrel have tossed into theaters not only one of last year’s festival darlings but an early contender for the film of the year for 2015. Those unfamiliar with Garrel may find the black and white photography, pretentious-sounding title and hefty festival pedigree as a calling card for a film that’s more style than substance, but In The Shadow Of Women is a triumph of both direction and narrative nuance.

Women tells the story of documentarians Pierre (Stanislas Merhar) and Manon (Clotilde Courau), a husband and wife creative team that crafts shoestring-budget documentaries financed by a series of random jobs that both take on. However, the relationship faces its latest and greatest test when Pierre meets and »

- Joshua Brunsting

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