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Lover for a Day

Crashing at her philosophy professor father’s apartment in the wake of a painful break-up, 23-year-old Jeanne discovers that he has a new girlfriend living with him, Ariane, who is the same age as her. As the trio tries to negotiate the shared space, jealousies flare. As the relationship between Ariane and Jeanne’s father begins to falter, the two women develop an affinity. Garrel again brings a poetic touch to his perennial themes of fidelity and sexual freedom, and of the difficulties men and women face in communicating their desires while exploring relationships without conventional boundaries. “Sensuously shot and philosophically potent . . . perhaps no modern filmmaker has captured romantic anguish as profoundly and movingly as Garrel.” —Film Comment. In French with English subtitles.

Filmography: In the Shadow of Women (2015), Regular Lovers (2005), Wild Innocence (2001), Night Wind (1999), The Phantom Heart (1996)

Reviews: New York Times, Slant Magazine, MUBI Notebook, Little White Lies, Screen Daily, Criterion Daily

Interviews: MUBI Notebook

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Philippe Garrel

In the Shadow of Women

Philippe Garrel’s romantic drama is an examination of marital infidelity and a freewheeling riff on life, art, and the never ending battle of the sexes. Married couple Pierre and Manon (Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau) collaborate on making documentaries. While researching a current subject—an aging Resistance fighter—at a film archive, Pierre falls hard for Elisabeth