In the Shadow of Women (l'Ombre des Femmes)

Directed by Philippe Garrel

In the Shadow of Women takes a close look at infidelity—not merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways in which it’s experienced and understood by men and women. Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau are Pierre and Manon, a married couple working in fragile harmony on Pierre’s documentary film projects, the latest of which is a portrait of a resistance fighter (Jean Pommier). When Pierre takes a lover (Lena Paugam), he feels entitled to do so, and he treats both wife and mistress with disengagement bordering on disdain; when Manon catches Pierre in the act, her immediate response is to find common ground with her husband. Garrel is an artist of intimacies and emotional ecologies, and with In the Shadow of Women he has added narrative intricacy and intrigue to his toolbox. The result is an exquisite jewel of a film.

Directed by Philippe Garrel
Written by Jean-Claude Carrière, Caroline Deruas, Arlette Langman, and Philippe Garrel
With Stanislas Merhar, Clotilde Courau, Lena Paugam
Running time: 73 min

US Distributor: Distrib Films

Available on iTunes starting May 3rd.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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