The new film by the great Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers, Jealousy) is a close look at infidelity—not merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways in which it’s experienced and understood by men and women. Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau star as Pierre and Manon, a married couple working in fragile harmony on Pierre’s documentary film projects, the latest of which is a portrait of a Resistance fighter (Jean Pommier). When Pierre takes a lover (Lena Paugam), he feels entitled to do so, and he treats both wife and mistress with a disengagement bordering on disdain. However when Manon catches Pierre in the act, her immediate response is to find common ground with her husband. Garrel is an artist of intimacies and emotional ecologies, and with In the Shadow of Women he has added narrative intricacy and intrigue to his toolbox. The result is an exquisite jewel of a film.
Dir. Philippe Garrel. France, 2015, 73 min. In French with English subtitles.
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection – New York Film Festival