One of the major French filmmakers of the post-New Wave, Philippe Garrel has belatedly been recognized as a master in America, and ‘JEALOUSY’ may be his most accessible film in nearly 50 years of filmmaking. Shot in lustrous, widescreen black and white by the great Willy Kurant (Masculin Feminin, Under Satan’s Sun), the film opens with a man leaving his wife and daughter and, in a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tells the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision. In a autobiographical nod to his actor father Maurice’s abandonment of himself and his mother, the director casts his son and frequent star Louis Garrel as the husband who moves into a garret apartment with his actress girlfriend (Anna Mouglalis) and struggles with fidelity and the temptation to give up their art for an easier life. Shot with Garrel’s celebrated sensitivity and attention to faces, bodies, hands and the intricacies of the human heart, ‘JEALOUSY’ is an especially intimate, deeply poignant and never less than enthralling tale of love, temptation and betrayal.
‘JEALOUSY’ plays in NYC at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from August 15 – 28, 2014. Find More Information & Tickets – HERE
‘Jealousy’ is a work of rueful, retrospective wisdom, but its rough-edged beauty is very much of the moment—there, Garrel seizes the day. – The New Yorker
Pure, simple and heartbreaking in its playing out, moment by moment, of love and betrayal. – Stuart Klawans, The Nation
A masterful work —Daniel Fairfax, Senses of Cinema
No one shares Garrel’s flair for capturing the unadorned intricacies of human behavior. —Max Nelson, Reverse Shot
It’s right at the intersection of direct and oblique, like a good haiku. —Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice