Lover for a Day is yet another of Phillippe Garrel’s densely anecdotal studies of romantic fidelity.
The limitations of black and white both point to Philippe Garrel’s silent-era influences and identify a way forward.
Philippe Garrel’s film uses its characters’ stodgy, formal language to betray their self-consciousness.
Like an astutely aching ballad, Philippe Garrel’s film is pleased to ambiguously infer the interior logic of its irresolute characters without pigeonholing their motivations.
Thematic preoccupations are what make individual filmmakers so intriguing as one steps back to examine certain artist’s entire careers.
If there’s one thing that’s genuinely surprising about Philippe Garrel’s new film it’s the lack of feverish urgency that its title promises.
References to films-as-dreams in film criticism have risen in inverse proportion to the actual dreamlike quality of the cinema, which is all but extinct.