Part of SFFILM Festival
A Faithful Man
Louis Garrel stars in his own buoyant romantic farce as Abel, sweetly passive and buffeted by others’ whims. His lover, Marianne (Laetitia Casta), dumps him for his friend Paul, only to come back into the picture years later, while Paul’s winsome younger sister Eve (Lily-Rose Depp) acts out on a years-in-the-making obsessive crush. Garrel wrote the screenplay with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière (Belle de Jour, 1967), one that takes advantage of the actor’s considerable charisma. Garrel’s diffident, boy-man charm is at full wattage as the triangle plays itself out with gentle hilarity.
“Actor Louis Garrel’s second feature in the director’s chair is a caprice of a film, knowingly taking on the age-old French theme of a love triangle, offering an enjoyable pastiche of the French New Wave in the process…As much concerned with the characters’ fairy-tale imaginings than what’s under their noses…the emotions that peep through the comedy nevertheless ring true. Fantasies and fancies may be trifled with but sometimes you have to have faith in humanity. Garrel keeps the faith.” – Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
Louis Garrel made his initial impact as an actor with roles in such films as Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003), Christophe Honoré’s Ma Mère (2004) and Dans Paris (Festival 2007), and Philippe Garrel’s Regular Lovers (Festival 2006), for which he won a César Award for Most Promising Actor. In 2008, he made his writing/directing debut with a short film Mes copains, followed by Little Tailor (2010), which was nominated for a César Award for Best Short Film. He made his feature writing/directing debut with Two Friends (2015), nominated for a Best First Film Lumiere Award. He shared the San Sebastián International Film Festival’s Best Screenplay honors with co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière for A Faithful Man (2018).
Director Louis Garrel
Producer Pascal Caucheteux, Gregoire Sorlat, Melissa Malinbaum
Writer Louis Garrel, Jean-Claude Carrière
Editor Joëlle Hache
Cinematographer Irina Lubtchansky
Cast Louis Garrel, Lily-Rose Depp, Laetitia Casta
Original Language Title L’homme fidèle