Sensuously shot and philosophically potent . . . perhaps no modern filmmaker has captured romantic anguish as profoundly and movingly as Philippe Garrel.
After a painful breakup, heartbroken Jeanne (Esther Garrel) moves back in with her university professor father, Gilles (Eric Caravaca), to discover that he is living with optimistic, life-loving student Ariane (newcomer Louise Chevillotte), who is the same age as Jeanne. An unusual triangular relationship emerges as both girls seek the favor of Gilles, as daughter or lover, while developing their own friendship, finding common ground despite their differences. Gorgeously shot in grainy black and white by Renato Berta (Au revoir les enfants), Lover for a Day is an exquisite meditation on love and fidelity that perfectly illustrates Garrel’s poetic exploration of relationships and desire. An NYFF55 selection. A MUBI release.
Watch Garrel discuss his craft and career during his Directors Dialogue at the 55th New York Film Festival, also available on The Close-Up.