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LOUIS GARREL — A FAITHFUL MAN

I had better sex with other guys while thinking of him.

The quote above—a characteristic aside from one of the female leads in Louis Garrel’s A FAITHFUL MAN, the actor’s second turn in the director’s chair—refers to Abel (Garrel), a man of little agency in a romantic game of chance, seemingly happy to shuttle between Marianne (Laetitia Casta) and Ève (Lily-Rose Depp).

Abel and Marianne were lovers, until she announces—in the film’s first few minutes—that she is pregnant, and the father is their close friend Paul. Fast forward a decade and Paul has just died. Abel reconnects with Marianne at his funeral—a reunion witnessed by both Joseph (Marianne and Paul’s son, played by Joseph Engel), and Paul’s younger sister Ève, who has always had an unrequited crush on Abel.

We are deep in Rohmer and Truffaut territory—narrators voicing internal thoughts, chamber music on the soundtrack, a sense of timeless suspension in an everyday, non-touristic Paris—and Garrel (son of Philippe) and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière (a Buñuel veteran) are indeed faithful to their antecedents, giving audiences a contemporary nouvelle vague experience and keeping the proceedings 100% français. (Even the Hollywood noir that Marianne and Abel go out to see is dubbed in French, which would not be the case in an actual Left Bank revival house.*)

 A FAITHFUL MAN is a piece of cinematic driftwood, smooth and lovely, kept afloat by its players’ charms. Selfishness and betrayal are expressed and accepted with hushed discretion. Complete happiness is not exactly on the menu, but fidelity to independence, choice, and the freedom to make mistakes is its own reward.

 A FAITHFUL MAN

Through August 8.

Laemmle Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Wednesday, August 21, at 7:30 pm.

South Bay Film Society

AMC Rolling Hills

2591 Airport Drive, Torrance.

*The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, starring Van Heflin and Barbara Stanwyck.

A Faithful Man/L’Homme fidele, from top: Louis Garrel and Laetitia Casta; Casta; Joseph Engel; Lily-Rose Depp; Garrel and Depp; U.S. poster; Garrel on set. Images courtesy and © the filmmakers, the actors, and Kino Lorber.

GODARD AT THE AERO

“A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.” — Jean-Luc Godard

The American Cinematheque kicks off its upcoming Aero series For the Love of Godard with a members’ screening of LE REDOUTABLE / GODARD MON AMOUR. Written and directed Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist, 2011), the new film is based on the autobiographical novel Un an après (“a year later”) by Anne Wiazemsky. The book covers the period Wiazemsky starred in LA CHINOISE (1967), Godard’s investigation of a group of Parisian Maoists.

Wiazemsky and Godard were wed while shooting LA CHINOISE—a paradigm of the director’s creative approach to editing—but the marriage was strained from the start by a director distracted by public indifference to his recent work.  At the same time, Godard became entrenched in the burgeoning revolution that had begun in the mid-Sixties at the university at Nanterre, and which culminated in the general strikes and Latin Quarter street battles of 1968—events for which LA CHINOISE had provided an agitprop blueprint.

GODARD MON AMOUR—starring Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin—gained Waizemsky’s blessing after Hazanavicius promised her the movie would be a comedy.  She joined him at the film’s Cannes premiere last year, one of her last public appearances before her death in October 2017.

Subsequent screenings in the series include LA CHINOISEÀ BOUT DE SOUFFLE (Breathless), BANDE À PART (Band of Outsiders), WEEKEND, and VIVRE SA VIE, as well as a 3-D presentation of ADIEU AU LANGAGE (Goodbye to Language).

GODARD MON AMOUR

With a post-screening conversation with Michel Hazanavicius.

Monday, April 16, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

LA CHINOISE

Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 pm.

BREATHLESS and BAND OF OUTSIDERS

Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 pm.

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE

Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 pm.

WEEKEND and VIVRE SA VIE

Friday, April 27, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

From top: Louis Garrel (foreground left) as Godard, Stacy Martin as Wiazemsky, and Micha Lescot as Jean-Pierre Bamberger (“Bambam”) in Le redoutable/Godard Mon Amour, image courtesy Cohen Media GroupAnne Wiazemsky and Jean-Luc Godard filming La Chinoise, image courtesy Pennebaker Films/PhotofestJean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in Breathless; Anna Karina with Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey at the Louvre in Band of Outsiders.

LOUIS GARREL DANS PARIS

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The FI:AF CinéSalon series LOUIS GARREL—LOVE SONGS AND HEARTBREAK will kick off this week with the Garrel-directed short Mes copains, followed by Dans Paris, the 2006 feature directed by Christophe Honoré. 

The following weeks will feature La jalousie (2013, directed by Louis’ father Philippe), and rare screenings of Garrel’s short La règle de trois (2011), Un château en Italie (2013, directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), Garrel’s feature Les deux amis (2015), the 45-minute film Petit tailleur (2010, Louis Garrel), and Honoré’s Les chansons d’amour (2007).

 

DANS PARIS, Tuesday, March 13, at 4 pm and 7:30 pm.

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LOUIS GARREL—LOVE SONGS AND HEARTBREAK, through April 17.

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FLORENCE GOULD HALL, FIAF, 55 East 59th Street, New York City.

See: milk.xyz/louis-garrel

Louis Garrel, film posters. Bottom photograph by Mitchell McLennan.

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