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Lover for a Day

(L'amant d'un jour)
France 2017. Dir: Philippe Garrel. 76 min. DCP

OPENING NIGHT | THURSDAY, JULY 12
RECEPTION, REFRESHMENTS
& SPECIAL INTRODUCTION

6:00pm - Reception
7:00pm - Lover for a Day introduced by Thierry Garrel
8:45pm - Emergency Kisses

“Sensuously shot and philosophically potent ... Perhaps no modern filmmaker has captured romantic anguish as profoundly and movingly as Philippe Garrel.”
YONCA TALU, FILM COMMENT

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Winner of the SACD prize at Cannes's Directors' Fortnight, Philippe Garrel’s exquisite new work is another lyrical, deceptively low-key examination of love, jealousy, and betrayal from the veteran master of those elusive themes. Shot in luminous black-and-white by Swiss cinematographer Renato Berta — DP on ’80s essentials by Godard, Rohmer, and Malle — the film is Garrel’s first to revolve around his daughter Esther Garrel (Call Me by Your Name), before now a bit player in the director’s ever-rotating family ensemble. Here she’s 23-year-old Jeanne, a love-scorned dumpee who retreats home to discover that her divorced father (Éric Caravaca), a fiftyish philosophy professor, has a live-in girlfriend (newcomer Louise Chevillotte, marvelous) the same age as she. A push-pull of competing desires — romantic, paternal, some Freudian cocktail of both — follows, steeped in cool, detached nouvelle vague chic. Co-written with Buñuel scribe Jean-Claude Carrière, Maurice Pialat collaborator Arlette Langmann, and Garrel’s wife Caroline Deruas.


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Thierry Garrel, a French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Prix des Auteurs de la SCAM 2015, joined the Research Department of French Television (ORTF) at the age of twenty before becoming Head of the Documentary and Junior Authors Division at the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA). He was founder and director from 1987 to 2008 of the Documentary Film Department of La Sept and ARTE France, European cultural channel. Since 2015 he has curated the FRENCH FRENCH series for DOXA Documentary Film Festival. He is the brother of Philippe, and uncle of Louis and Esther.

Opening Night will feature complimentary wine and cheese generously provided by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.

 

REVIEWS

“A lithe, splendid picture, dazzling in its clarity, direct emotional resonance, and condensed storytelling.”

MUBI Notebook | full review

“Another quietly astounding monochrome miniature on love and other demons.”

Little White Lies | full review