Lover for a Day

L'amant d'un jour

France 2017
In French with English subtitles
76 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Philippe Garrel
Screenplay: Arlette Langmann, Jean-Claude Carrière, Caroline Deruas, Philippe Garrel
Cast: Eric Caravaca, Esther Garrel, Louise Chevillotte, Laëtitia Spigarelli
Production: Saïd ben Saïd, Michel Merkt / SBS Films
Print Source: SBS Distribution

Philippe Garrel’s “Lover for a Day” looks like a dream. A singular filmmaker, Mr. Garrel makes intensely personal films about love, family and intimacy that are filled with romantic agonies and beautiful faces made for close-ups. Often shot in luxuriant black and white, these are movies to swoon over, though how long you do so in “Lover for a Day” depends on whether you find its ideas about love, faithfulness, men and women charmingly old-fashioned, exasperatingly naïve or merely deterministic. 

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times