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La Jalousie

France | 2013 | 77 minutes | Philippe Garrel

In this impressionistic black-and-white drama shot by Willy Kurant (Godard’s Masculin Féminin), Louis Garrel (collaborating with his father, director Philippe) stars as a Parisian bohemian struggling with infidelity, parenthood, and fringe theater.

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In Philippe Garrel’s latest flim, Louis (played by the director’s son, Louis Garrel) is an actor who has separated from his wife, Clothilde (Rebecca Convenant), and only sees his eight-year-old daughter, Charlotte (Olga Milshtein), on weekends. But he has found a new, passionate love with his mistress, a volatile actress named Claudia (Anna Mouglalis). Divided into two chapters, the film starts with the relatively comfortable domestic rapport of Louis and Claudia. Even a skeptical Charlotte is won over by Claudia’s childlike whimsy. In the second chapter, the seeds of jealousy that were planted earlier begin to sprout, cracking the façade. Clothilde, resentful of her ex’s happiness, starts probing Charlotte for clues about their relationship. Claudia, who can’t (or won’t) find work, feels trapped in Louis’ tiny artist’s garret. Meanwhile, Louis is emasculated when a successful male friend of Claudia’s offers her a larger apartment. Philippe Garrel, the son of famous French actor Maurice Garrel—borrowing many tragic episodes from his real family history—slowly brings this simmering jealousy to a boil, with explosive consequences. Comparisons to the French New Wave films are unmistakable, thanks to the luscious black-and-white cinematography of Willy Kurant, who shot Godard’s Masculin Féminin in 1966. Jealousy is an absorbing, melancholy treatise on the fragility of happiness and the slow, corrosive effects of distrust and secrecy on family life.

Director Biography

Son of famed actor Maurice Garrel, director Philippe Garrel belongs to what might be a French cinematic royal family. Garrel’s biggest influences come from the French New Wave, and thus his films appropriately fit the themes of alienation, intimacy, and romantic relationships. Of his nearly 30 feature films, several have won major accolades, including Les Amants Réguliers (Silver Lion, 2005), J'Entends Plus La Guitare (Silver Lion, 1991), Liberté, La Nuit (Perspectives du Cinéma Award, 1984), and L'Enfant Secret (Prix Jean Vigo, 1982).

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Director: Philippe Garrel
Principal Cast: Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis, Rebecca Convenant, Olga Milshtein, Esther Garrel
Country: France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 77 minutes
Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd
Screenplay: Marc Cholodenko, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann
Cinematographers: Willy Kurant
Editors: Yann Dedet
Music: Jean-Louis Aubert
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: That Summer (2001); Frontier of Dawn (2008); Everyday Lovers (2004); Wild Innocence (2001); The Wind of the Night (1999); The Phantom Heart (1995); The Birth of Love (1993); I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar (1991); Emergency Kisses (1989); Liberté, la Nuit (1983); L’Enfant Secret (1979); Le Voyage au Pays des Morts (1976); Le Berceau de Cristal (1975); Un Ange Passe (1975); Les Hautes Solitudes (1974); Inner Scar (1972); Le lit de la Vierge (1969); Le Révélateur (1968); La Concentration (1968); Marie pour Mémoire (1967)
Language: French
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Format: DCP
US Distributor: Distrib Films
International Sales: Wild Bunch
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