IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN

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ñMAST D: Philippe Gar­rel. France. 73 min.

Sep 10, 7:30 pm Sco­tia­bank 2, Sep 11, noon TIFF Bell Light­box 2; Sep 19, 10:30 am TIFF Bell Light­box 1. Rat­ing: NNNN Gar­rel’s vi­brant black-and-white char­ac­ter study is a throw­back to the Nou­velle Vague French ilms of the 1960s.

A mar­ried cou­ple, doc­u­men­tar­i­ans whose lives are as well matched as they are en­meshed, ap­pear happy and de­voted to each other, but each has a lover. Gar­rel’s en­er­getic style of shoot­ing on the run gives im­me­di­acy to the ac­tion, boosts the nat­u­ral­ism of the per­for­mances and adds to the sur­prise of the plot twists (aided by leg­endary Buñuel screen­writer JeanClaude Car­rière).

And the voice-over by Gar­rel’s ac­tor son Louis, an in­te­gral part of the ilm’s fab­ric, fur­ther en­hances the en­chant­ing 60s vibe.

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