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While certainly no love story, this dry-eyed tale feels achingly, maybe even exhilaratingly alive.
Conventional dramatic hooks have no place in Garrel's filmography, so it's not surprising that his new movie is more atmospheric than involving, or that the two beautiful bed heads at its center hardly invite emotional connection.
There's a casualness at work here that's absorbing because Garrel doesn't make a moment mean more than it ought to.
"Jealousy" is the kind of slight, academic, self-satisfied exercise that preaches only to the converted.
In a brief 77 minutes, "Jealousy" provides a remarkably full - and also an intriguingly partial - portrait of a group of struggling artists as no-longer-entirely-young men and women.
Quiet moments after big decisions are where the power lies in this absorbing French drama.
"Jealousy" does not hit the highs of "Regular Lovers" - it's a much smaller-scale, deliberately minor work - but it's a big improvement over "Frontier of Dawn" and "A Burning Hot Summer."
A lifetime compressed into a simple yet evocative sweet nothing-that's really all it takes.
Jealousy is an intimate film, in the Cassavetes sense, but it is stylish and accessible. It might also represent Louis Garrel's finest screen turn to date.
Garrel is stuck, both aesthetically and narratively, in the past.
That split-second is the rending of two hearts. Plus, the never-mastered lesson, pride kills. Or pride, at the very least, mixed with a toxic cocktail of self-pity, will make you want to harm yourself. Call it a masterpiece.
Short and anything but sweet, "Jealousy" is a good entry point to Garrel's filmography, for those new to the director's work.
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