Journalist Abel (played by director Louis Garrel) reunites with his recently widowed old flame, Marianne (Laetitia Casta), who left him for his best friend nine years ago. But Abel finds himself dealing with 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 really happened to Marianne’s first husband.
Shifting points of view as nimbly as its players switch partners, A Faithful Man—the sophomore feature from 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.
“As delicate and delightful as a well-whipped meringue: light, fluffy, sweet, and delectable.” —Vague Visages
“Dramatically dazzling. Taps into the French New Wave while attributing the lion’s share of the relationship power not to a man, but to a woman.” —France 24
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