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Lover For a Day / L’amant d’un jour

France  – 2017 – 76 mins.

Lover for a Day is an exquisite meditation on love and fidelity that recalls Garrel’s previous films selections Jealousy  and In the Shadow of Women. After a painful breakup, heartbroken Jeanne (Esther Garrel) moves back in with her university professor father, Gilles (Eric Caravaca), to discover that he lives 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 perfectly illustrates Garrel’s poetic exploration of relationships and desire.


  • Director   

Philippe Garrel

  • Cast

Eric Caravaca, Esther Garrel, Louise Chevillotte

  • Festivals

Cannes, NYFF

  • Quotes

Philippe Garrel Looks at Love in Shades of Gray, Again — Cannes 2017 – Indiewire

“Gomis’ latest is far from the miserablist issue drama that synopsis portends, instead weaving a 

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