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Lover for a Day

After a devastating breakup, the only place twenty-three-year old Jeanne has to stay in Paris is the small flat of her father, Giles. But when Jeanne arrives, she finds that her father’s new girlfriend has moved in too: Arianne, a young woman her own age. Each is looking for their own kind of love in a city filled with possibilities.

French director Philippe Garrel has always only needed the barest means to make movie magic: a beautiful, tragic face, a sad wall to put behind it, a mournful, pensive walk alone on the street. He received the Prix Jean-Vigo for The Secret Child in 1982. He was twice awarded at the Venice Film Festival by the Silver Lion for best director, in 1991 for I Don’t Hear the Guitar Anymore and in 2005 for Regular Lovers, for which he also received the Prix Louis-Delluc. His films often relate to the youth of the 60’s protest, to which he belonged. 

Lover for a Day premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, where it was awarded the SACD prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild, and was an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Film Festival. Gorgeously shot in grainy black and white by Renato Berta (Au revoir les enfants), Lover for a Day perfectly illustrates Garrel’s poetic exploration of relationships and desire.

Lover for a Day
Directed by Philippe Garrel
Cast: Eric Caravaca, Esther Garrel, Louise Chevillote
Production Year: 2017
Runtime: 76 min


Opens in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday, January 26th at Laemmle Music Hall  

Playing in Chicago, IL April 27 – May 3, 2018 at Gene Siskel Film Center