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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #86. Philippe Garrel’s L’ombre des femmes

L’ombre des femmes

Director: Philippe Garrel // Writers: Jean-Claude Carriere, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Arlette Langman, Philippe Garrel

The 66 year old filmmaker makes his 25th feature this year, and the past decade has been one of his most active yet, perhaps due to the rising international of his son, actor Louis Garrel, who has starred in several of his father’s features. 2013’s Jealousy took a while to come to the US, but he’s a name that’s been able to garner international distribution successfully. With The Shadow Women (L’ombre des femmes), this will be the first feature that won’t include his son in the cast since 2001’s Wild Innocence, and one should note that Jean-Claude Carriere, favored screenwriter of Luis Bunuel (including a filmography that includes many other auteurs), is part of the mix. The story revolves around Pierre and Manon, a couple of poverty-stricken documentary filmmakers (see pic above) who are set to weather a storm of love and romance in modern-day Paris.

Cast: Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar, Lena Paugam

Producers: SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd (Maps to the Stars), Arte France Cinéma, Close Up Film.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: We usually see Philippe Garrel appear in competition at Venice, so odds are in a premiere at that festival, though Cannes shouldn’t be ruled out, where Garrel last appeared in competition with 2008’s Frontier of Dawn.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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