In the Shadow of Women screens exclusively at the Gene Siskel Film Center beginning this Friday. Click here for showtimes and additional information.
Helluva lot of truth in Philippe Garrel’s In the Shadow of Women, a scintillating comedy of doomed romances and male egocentrism. The film details the life of Parisian documentary filmmaker Pierre (Stanislas Merhar) and his editor/producer wife Manon (Clotilde Courau). Still awaiting their big break, the duo lives in squalor as they attempt to finish a documentary on an aged Resistance fighter. The moving components aren’t all too dissimilar from Noah Baumbach’s recent While We’re Young, though Garrel’s ambitions take aim at the perfidious entitlement that masculinity affords Pierre. Quiescent Pierre meets Elisabeth (Lena Paugam), an intern working at a film lab and his affable – if not absent – personality quickly wins her over. Balancing two women, Pierre’s infidelity is glibly justified as a rite of his manhood, whereby the pleasurable thrills of Elisabeth are needed to balance the warm domesticity of Manon.Read More