Philippe Garrel

The Salt of Tears

Le sel des larmes

France, Switzerland 2020
In French, with English subtitles
100 min
Suitable for audiences aged 16 and above
Director: Philippe Garrel
Screenplay: Jean-Claude Carrière, Arlette Langmann & Philippe Garrel
Cast: Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, André Wilms, Louise Chevillotte, Souheila Yacoub, Martin Mesnier, Teddy Chawa, Aline Belibi
Production: Edouard Weil & Laurine Pelassy / Rectangle Productions, Close Up Films
Print Source: Wild Bunch

Young man Luc travels to Paris to take the examination for a school. He has a brief relationship with Djemila. Subsequently, he goes back to his rural hometown, where he lives with his father. Luc sleeps with his former girlfriend Geneviève. He moves to Paris and falls in love with another woman Betsy. The Salt of Tears, aesthetically and narratively, is the expansion of Garrel’s cinematic world to the ultimate point of encountering with the naked truth about life, death and fatal relationships. The ending of the film is one of the most touching moments of cinema in recent years.

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