Named as one of the best films of 2015 by Cahiers du Cinema, Philippe Garrel‘s “In The Shadow Of Women” kept eluding us on the festival circuit last year, having made its debut at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. But the good news is that the movie arrives in cinemas this week, and we have an exclusive clip from the picture.
Starring Stanislas Merhar, Clotilde Courau, Lena Paugam, Vimala Pons, Mounir Margoum, Jean Pommier, Thérèse Quentin and Antoinette Moya, the story follows Pierre, a documentary filmmaker who ends an affair with his mistress Elisabeth when he discovers his partner Manon also has a lover. In the scene below, Pierre makes the boundaries of his relationship with Elisabeth quite clear. Here’s the official synopsis:
Pierre (Stanislas Merhar) and Manon (Clotilde Courau) make low-budget documentaries and live off odd jobs. When Pierre meets a young trainee, Elisabeth (Lena Paugam), she becomes his mistress. But Pierre doesn’t want to leave Manon – he wants to keep both women. As Pierre twists in the wind, especially after a revelation from Manon, Garrel carefully dissects the foibles and follies of a man who cannot commit, and the frustrations of the women caught up in his indecision. After JEALOUSY and A BURNING HOT SUMMER, Philippe Garrel delivers a new variation on the theme of romantic passion, the birth and death of relationships and the strange paths of desire.
“In The Shadow Of Women” opens this Friday, January 15th. Watch below.