A Faithful Man
What’s a guy to do when the woman who left him for his best friend returns to his arms a widow, also bringing her comely, lovestruck younger sister into their already complicated relationship?
Imagine you're Louis Garrel—go with me on this—and your girlfriend of three years tells you she's pregnant…and that the father happens to be your best friend. Oh, and they're getting married in a few days. You'd move on with your life, right? Now imagine it's about a decade later and, suddenly, the same girlfriend comes back into your life, recently widowed and with a precocious young son in tow. Without realizing it, you've become enamored with the eight-year-old boy, even humoring his detective-film-fueled theory that his father was poisoned. Add to the mix the girlfriend's younger sister, still harboring a schoolyard crush on you after all these years, and you get this short and sweet story about life's unanticipated joys and heartbreaks. With his second directorial feature (after 2015's Two Friends), Garrel tips his hat at the conventions of the nouvelle vague while building a doozy of a love triangle between him, real-life spouse Laetitia Casta (SIFF 2012's War of the Buttons), and cinema legacy Lily-Rose Depp (whose mother Vanessa Paradis can be also be seen this Festival in the giallo thriller Knife+Heart), ultimately creating an enticing souffle of a romantic comedy.
Louis Garrel was born in Paris in 1983 to a family of actors and filmmakers. He is the son of director Philippe Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy. Garrel is a 2004 graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris. He both directed and stars in his latest feature film, A Faithful Man (2018), a loving pastiche of the French New Wave film movement.
Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American School of Puget Sound
- Original Language Title: L’homme fidele
- Director: Louis Garrel
- Principal Cast: Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp
- Country: France
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 75 minutes
- Producer: Pascal Caucheteux, Gregoire Sorlat
- Screenplay: Louis Garrel, Jean-Claude Carriere
- Cinematographers: Irina Lubtchansky
- Editors: Joelle Hache
- Music: Philippe Sarde
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018 (Best Screenplay)
- Filmography: Two Friends (2015)
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Kino Lorber
- International Sales: Wild Bunch