In The Shadow of Women (2016)
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Garrel's gaze is cool and steady, and he's not interested in villains. He knows this is an old story and an eternal one, and that men and women are helpless to avoid repeating it.
Garrel uses a panoramic frame to stress the characters' closeness (or lack thereof), and the players waltz through his simple, neatly structured script.
"In the Shadow of Women" will appeal to a passionate, but limited, audience. I happen to be in that audience ...
Is marital fidelity possible when you're bohemian, French and a character in a Philippe Garrel movie? Offering further evidence to the contrary is the director's latest broody musing on life, art and l'amour.
My only question is why the filmmakers chose to deliver their message so prosaically-so diagnostically-instead of trusting their audience to understand the nuances of the drama.
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The best about this charming and deceptively simple film is how it gives new contours and nuances to its characters (made all the more real by the excellent performances) as the story progresses, but it is just a pity that it ends with such an easy and rather frustrating resolution.
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