French films review – October 2019
A critical eye on the latest ciné releases: this month A Faithful Man and Fourmi
A Faithful Man - Louis Garrel; 75 mins
It seems to be a trait of the movie industry that once a leading actor gets sufficient stature and clout, they are able to secure financial backing for their own projects, and to begin directing.
Louis Garrel has film-making heritage on his side: he is the son of director Philippe Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy, while his grandfather, Maurice Garrel, and his godfather, Jean-Pierre Léaud, are also legendary actors.
This semi-satisfying romantic comedy from the chisel-cheeked lead Garrel is the actor’s second feature (Two Friends in 2015 was described by one critic as ‘charming but not entirely convincing’) and the set-up is encouraging: a man pines for the woman who dumped him a decade ago, but her husband has died.
Did she murder him? Who is her kid’s father? Does she still love Abel?
Add to this the fact that her sister declares a longstanding love for the attractive Abel and this could have morphed into a decent thriller. Instead it becomes a clichéd ménage à trois seemingly pandering to one man’s narcissism.
Garrel’s directing has a certain flair and Lily-Rose Depp (daughter of Jonny and Vanessa Paradis) and Laetitia Casta (Garrel’s real-life wife) are excellent as, respectively, the would-be lover and wife of Garrel’s journalist Abel.
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Charming sport comedy in which a young French footballer fibs about being offered a chance to play for Arsenal, to impress his luckless Dad.
He needs to start practising!