IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN
L’OMBRE DES FEMMES
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.