La Frontiere de l’aube

Director: Philippe Garrel

France • 2008 • 106 minutes

When this new film from veteran director Philippe Garrel was screened in Cannes this year, it was met with both applause and jeers. Garrel has followed up his epic May ’68-inspired Regular Lovers (FFF 2006) with a more intimate film that explores issues of fate and obsessive love. The director’s son Louis plays François, a photographer hired to shoot Carole, a tempestuous young actress (played by Laura Smet, daughter of Johnny Halliday and Nathalie Baye). They fall in love, but François is unable to cope with her emotional volatility and quickly finds an excuse to end the relationship. Carole refuses to let go and François finds himself haunted (literally) by his former love. Beautifully shot in black and white, La Frontiere de l’aube pays homage to the work of Jean Cocteau.

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