In the Shadow of Women

In the Shadow of Women

(L'Ombre des Femmes)

French romance. Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, scraping by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. But when Elisabeth finds out that Manon has a lover, the time comes for difficult decisions all round.

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  • A tightly focused romantic drama that exudes the narrative terseness of a good short story and the lucid craftsmanship of a filmmaker in full command of the medium. Full Review

  • Even as the trio heads into a complicated dance of multiple infidelities, In the Shadow of Women never villainizes any of them. Full Review

  • Transforms in its final reel from an ironic divertissement to a work of considerable feeling and intensity. Full Review

  • Brief, brisk and intermittently affecting. Full Review

  • The mechanics of the relationships on show fail to lead anywhere unexpected while the dialogue is often flat and on-the-nose. Full Review

  • Is marital fidelity possible when you're bohemian, French and a character in a Philippe Garrel movie? Offering further evidence to the contrary is the director's latest broody musing on life, art and l'amour. Full Review

  • Filmed in widescreen black-and-white that makes Paris look both decrepit and irresistible, this is a swift tale of what men and women want versus what they settle for. Full Review

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