Philippe Garrel's drama Jealousy (La jalousie) will open in U.S. theaters this summer. The French-language drama starring the filmmaker's son Louis, as well Anna Mouglalis and Rebecca Convenant, had its U.S. premiere at last year's New York Film Festival. It had also screened in competition in Venice.
For his 24th film, Garrel teamed up with the great cinematographer Willy Kurant (Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculine Féminin), who shot the feature, which Garrel also wrote, in black and white. The film centers on Louis (Louis Garrel) who leaves his wife Clothilde (Convenant) and daughter Charlotte (Olga Milshtein) for a theater actress Claudia (Mouglalis). Though she can’t get any work and they struggle to make money, their passion carries them through. It's not long, however, before the outside world creeps back in.
Film Comment named Garrel's Jealousy its top choice in its 20 Best Undistributed Films of 2013 list. “Jealousy [is] Philippe Garrel’s latest tale of love ground down by the mill of daily life, raw and naked even by his ascetic standards,” noted Olaf Möller, writing in Film Comment as part of his Venice coverage.
Distrib Films will spearhead Jealousy's release in the U.S. “Philippe Garrel is one of the world’s great filmmakers,” said François Scippa-Kohn, president of Distrib Films. “Jealousy is not only one of his most beautiful films but also his most accessible. We hope we can make this his most successful film in America ever.”
Garrel's Regular Lovers (2005) also had its U.S. debut at NYFF.