VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Amant d'un jour

V' 17

L' Amant d'un jour

Lover for a Day

Philippe Garrel
F, 2017
Fiction, 76min, OmeU

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L' Amant d'un jour

Philippe Garrel
F, 2017
Fiction, 76min, OmeU

Actors: 
Eric Caravaca
Gilles
Esther Garrel
Jeanne
Louise Chevillotte
Ariane
Paul Toucang
Matéo
Screenplay: 
Jean-Claude Carrière
Caroline Deruas
Philippe Garrel
Arlette Langmann
Sound: 
François Musy
Guillaume Sciamma
Gabriel Hafner
Camera: 
Renato Berta
Editor: 
François Gédigier
Composer: 
Jean-Louis Aubert
Decoration: 
Manu de Chauvigny
Costume: 
Justine Pearce

Production: 
SBS Films
World Sales: 
SBS International
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

A young woman returns home to live with dad, only to find him distracted by a lover her same age in Philippe Garrel’s tantalizing triangle.
The film opens with a young brunette sitting on the sidewalk at night, sobbing her heart out, so upset she can’t breathe. Judging by the big luggage she’s carrying, it’s likely that her lover has just thrown her out of the apartment. In the next scene, we hear a young woman’s sighing – only this time, it’s a gasp of pleasure, not of pain, as she enjoys illicit sex with an older lover in a university bathroom.
The sight of women crying is nothing new in Garrel’s films; in fact, most of them do, at some point, because life rarely fulfills their expectations on love. What feels entirely fresh for the director, however, is the sight of a woman being satisfied with quite such intensity. Taken together, these two opening moments reflect the film’s double ambition: to further deepen the director’s ongoing Freudian analysis of female characters launched with jealousy, while also starting to explore a new continent, female pleasure. (Pamela Pianezza)

On Nov. 1 in the presence of Esther Garrel.