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Lover for a Day offers an absorbing character study that's as well-acted and believable as it is beautifully filmed.
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Realism keeps this story grounded, even when its characters give soaring voice to their deepest hopes and frustrations.
Lover for a Day returns the French film-maker Philippe Garrel to his evergreen - or evermonochrome - subjects of sex, jealousy and love.
These characters are fixed. They have no arc. And Garrel seems to prefer them learning no lessons from the experience.
Lover for a Day just wasn't enough of a grabber pour moi.
Despite its neo-new-wave style, Lover for a Day is neither offhand nor autobiographical.
There are times when the characters - and their director - surprise and genuinely delight.
Even dismaying in its conclusion, the auteur crafts it with sufficient élan to deserve a favorable mention.
Comparatively light to my previous experiences with the French auteur, Lover for Day is nevertheless suffused with all the subtle delights that come from Philippe Garrel's brand of cinema.
With so much of the film... spent with its characters unloading what's on their minds, the expressive Garrel fille turns what's roiling around her skull into continual visceral intrigue.
Alluring melodramatic romantic triangle.
A film made to measure. [Full Review in Spanish]
Garrel constructs a film that represses heavy exposition in order to deposit full confidence in its characters and their gestures and words. [Full Review in Spanish]
Even though it is interesting and even engaging, it feels almost impossible not to leave this film with the impression that a lot was told but little was actually said in the end, with everything being mostly inconsequential and not really probing anywhere beneath the surface.
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