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In the Shadow of Women (2015)

L'ombre des femmes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 May 2015 (France)
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Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Garrel

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario), Caroline Deruas-Garrel (scenario) (as Caroline Deruas) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clotilde Courau ... Manon
Stanislas Merhar ... Pierre
Lena Paugam ... Elisabeth
Vimala Pons ... Lisa
Antoinette Moya Antoinette Moya ... La mère de Manon
Jean Pommier Jean Pommier ... Henri, le vieux résistant
Thérèse Quentin Thérèse Quentin ... La femme d'Henri
Mounir Margoum ... L'amant de Manon
Claude Desmecht Claude Desmecht ... Le propriétaire
Christian Cousquer Christian Cousquer ... L'homme du marché
Michel Charrel Michel Charrel ... L'homme de l'enterrement
Louis Garrel ... Narrator (voice)
Suzanne Szerman Suzanne Szerman
Jean Masini Jean Masini
Robert Potsztein Robert Potsztein ... (as Robert Rotsztein)
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Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. But the new girl in his life finds out that Manon has a lover. When she tells Pierre, the time comes for difficult decisions all round.

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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In the shadow of Clotilde Courau
20 July 2017 | by ayoreinfSee all my reviews

There's one reason to see this film - an amazing performance of Clotilde Courau. The rest of the film is paled in comparison. The story itself has nothing special to offer. Philippe Garrel's direction is very professional but offers very little character. His special requirement of single take for every scene seems to have inspired the extraordinary performance of Clotilde Courau, so he does deserve credit for it, but nothing else stands out here. And I did find his use of narration, point less and annoying. All other aspects of the film are professional too but falling out flat.

On the other hand, it's worth seeing if only for the superlative performance of Clotilde Courau, which I already mentioned.

One last point, has to do with the name of the movie. In French it's called L'ombre des Femmes, which translates simply as The Shadow of Women. It's a very small difference from In the Shadow of Women, but it's an unnacessary difference that shouldn't have been there.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

27 May 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A la sombra de las mujeres See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,431, 17 January 2016

Gross USA:

$50,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,802
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Dolby Digital

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2.39 : 1
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