A Faithful Man
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2019 | Louis Garrel | France | French with English subtitles | 75 min | NR
Nine years after she left him for his best friend, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) gets back together with his recently widowed old flame Marianne (Laetitia Casta). It seems to be a beautiful new beginning, but soon the hapless Abel finds himself embroiled in all sorts of drama: the come-ons of a wily jeune femme (Lily-Rose Depp), the machinations of Marianne’s morbid young son (Joseph Engel), and some unsavory questions about what exactly happened to his girlfriend’s first husband. Shifting points of view as nimbly as its players switch partners, the sophomore feature from actor/director Louis Garrel — co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière — is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a playful inversion of the patriarchal tropes of the French New Wave.
“A FAITHFUL MAN is a charming farce that only the French could pull off, a frothy film menage a trois that combines all of the best elements of vintage romances with a thoroughly modern take on gender roles.” — Lee Jutton, Film Inquiry
“Garrel shows genuine springy inventiveness as a director, particularly with respect to Eve’s sometimes self-correcting flashbacks.” — Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
“This breezy New Wave throwback benefits from strong performances and intriguing character dynamics.” — Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue