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A Faithful Man

Louis Garrel

Award-winning actor Louis Garrel (The Dreamers, Redoubtable) directs and stars in this light-hearted drama about the unanticipated joys and heartbreaks one man experiences over the years.

"[Abel] good-humouredly tries to navigate the challenges that come his way..."

Garrel plays Abel, a Parisian whose girlfriend, Marianne (Laetitia Casta), tells him in the first scene that she is pregnant, but the baby isn't Abel's; she is leaving him and marrying the father. This is the beginning of a journey that stretches over a number of years, filled with twists and turns, and happy and unhappy surprises. Marianne will pop back into his life again along with her son, as will Eva (Lily-Rose Depp), the younger sister of the man he was abandoned for. As the plot snakes through the bric-à-brac of Abel's days, we find an ironic and sympathetic sensibility on display. Rather than being in control, Abel is acted on, as he good-humouredly tries to navigate the challenges that come his way.

There is a gentle, French New Wave tone and feel to A Faithful Man, as if we are encountering Truffaut's Antoine Doinel once again. The contemporary Paris setting and its streets, cafés, and apartments appear almost changeless since the '60s. But it is the youthful director's unique, carefully modulated, quizzically engaged touch that charms and engages.