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Lover for a Day

Philippe Garrel
L'amant d'un jour
France 2017 / 76’
Los Feliz Nocturama

After a painful breakup with her boyfriend, Jeanne (Esther Garrel) moves in with her father (Éric Caravaca), where it turns out that his current partner (Louise Chevillotte) is the same age as his daughter. Although the situation might seem extremely awkward, all three of them have to work out some rules for living together. In Lover for a Day, Philippe Garrel (the subject of a retrospective at the 15th New Horizons) confirms his reputation as a specialist in intimate dramas. The maker of Wild Innocence also proves that he remains one of the most expressive filmmakers in contemporary cinema. The specifics of Garrel's style can be seen in his demonstrated sensitivity to dialogue. The characters in Lover for a Day are ableto discuss their feelings, philosophy, and politics with equal grace. The poetic nature of the dialogue is a perfect fit for the lyricism of the film's structure. The French film's strong points are, in equal measure, its meticulously composed black-and-white cinematography and Jean-Louis Aubert's discreet, impressionistic music.

Piotr Czerkawski

awards

Cannes Film Festival 2017 - SACD Prize

Philippe Garrel

Born in 1948, Philippe Garrel is a French director, the son of well-known actor Maurice Garrel, and one of the most important filmmakers to inherit the legacy of the French New Wave. He made his film debut at the age of 16 with Les enfants désaccordés. His films include lyrical self-portraits, a movie lover's tributes to his favorite filmmakers, and critical portraits of society. His first great success was The Secret Son, for which he received a Jean Vigo Award in 1979. His most important films also include Liberty at NightWild Innocence, and Ordinary Lovers, which is set around the events of May 1968.

Selected filmography

1979 Sekretne dziecko / L'enfant secret / The Secret Child

1991 Nie słyszę już gitary / J'entends plus la guitare / I Don't Hear the Guitar Anymore

1984 Liberté, la nuit / Liberty at Night

1999 Powiew nocy / Le vent de la nuit / Night Wind

2005 Zwyczajni kochankowie / Les amants réguliers / Regular Lovers

Cast & Crew

director Philippe Garrel
screenplay Jean-Claude Carrière, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann
cinematography Renato Berta
editing François Gédigier
music Jean-Louis Aubert
cast Éric Caravaca, Esther Garrel, Louise Chevillotte
producer Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
production SBS Productions, ARTE France Cinéma, Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language French
colouration b&w