Irish Film Institute -IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN


Director: Philippe Garrel

73 minutes, France/Switzerland, 2015, B&W

With luscious black and white compositions recalling his Nouvelle Vague roots, Philippe Garrel evokes a luminous bohemian Paris, through the complex love story of Pierre (Stanislas Merhar) and Manon (Clotilde Courau) – long-term romantic partners who have been carving a life together making independent documentary films. When Pierre takes a lover (intern Elisabeth), their relationship starts unravelling. Spineless Pierre feels no responsibility; and through an ironic series of twists and turns, when he learns from Elisabeth that Manon also has a lover, he only then realises who his true love is.

Director’s Note: “A fragile, delicate atmosphere floats across In the Shadow of Women, resulting in a film unlike any other.”

Showing as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2015 (November 18th – 29th)

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