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In the Shadow of Women

73 minutes 2015

In this mordantly funny drama (2015) from French writer-director Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers), a husband-and-wife team of documentary filmmakers work on a project about the French resistance while their personal lives are roiled by mutual infidelity. Shooting in black and white, Garrel uses a panoramic frame (2.39:1) to stress the characters' closeness (or lack thereof), and the players waltz through his simple, neatly structured script (especially Clotilde Courau as the dependent, suffering wife and Lena Paugam as the husband's graduate-student lover). An offscreen narrator (Louis Garrel, the director's son) drily exposes the chauvinism of the husband (Stanislas Merhar), who treats his own affair as a man's prerogative but his wife's as the vilest betrayal. His ultimate comeuppance, in a beautifully deployed plot twist, proves the title's assertion that ladies always get the last laugh. In French with subtitles.

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