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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 »


Philippe Garrel


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)


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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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,431, 17 January 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Another (mucus) film that lauds itself for male bashing
6 September 2016 | by SheldonshellsSee all my reviews

Effusing from the bottom of a toilet reeks another braindead simplistic dichotomy of woman=good/man=bad gender feminist nonsense, which at this point is fast getting stale.

The male and female characters are simply poured into a pre-made mold and are scraped out without any trimming along the edges (though this movie and its lame characters have no edge whatsoever). The male protagonist is, of course, depicted as an insensitive and egotistical boar, while the female characters are, of course, (almost) flawless and infallible little angels, keeping with the now 30-some year long tradition in movies of presenting this mindnumbingly dumb, and destructive, false dichotomy. Apparently though, this dichotomy flies over the empty heads of the director, writers, and probably most of the (gracefully) few viewers of this movie. If the people who watched this actually knew better, they'd be insulted by this assault on their intelligence and dignity, especially male viewers but any female viewer too who dislikes mindlessly simplistic reductions of who she is as a woman, or maybe just maybe might have an ounce of respect for the men and boys in her life and what the culture is telling them (to hate themselves and regard women as better).

Ironic that a movie thinking it's fighting sexism and doing a good thing to, yet again, prioritize women over men and show the poor little ladies as both the victims and victors of the of big bad men, utterly and miserably fails to see its own sexism in presenting this peabrained sexist duelism of man=bad/woman=good. It also fails utterly and miserably in its own total lack of creative bravery, intelligence, and invention.

Truly great movies of the present and in the future will end this misandric outlook, and movies will not have to be either anti-woman or anti-man.

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