Jealousy (La Jalousie)
Director: Philippe Garrel
cast: Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis, Rebecca Convenant
Language: French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France, 2013 77 mins.
Released by STUDIOCANAL
'The breakup of a relationship - surprisingly accessible, intimate, naturalistic and beautifully shot in black and white.'
'Jealousy', divided into two chapters, 'I looked After Angels' and 'Sparks in a Powder Keg' opens with eight year-old Charlotte (Olga Milshtein) witnessing thirty year-old theatre actor Louis (Louis Garrel) leave her mother, office worker girlfriend Clothilde (Rebecca Convenant) to be with the impulsive and compelling Claudia (Anna Mouglalis), a woman he'd abandoned but is madly in love with. Once a rising star but who hasn't worked in the theatre for six years, she cheats on him and then leaves him. Distraught and desperate, Louis's suicide attempt fails and all he's left with is his sister and the theatre.
Observant, sensitive and surprisingly accessible with naturalistic lead performances, particularly Olga Milshtein who's a delight. Beautifully filmed in monochrome by veteran cinematographer Willy Kurant, who shot Godard's 'Masculin Feminin,' 'Jealousy' touches and captures that moment in a relationship when everything falls apart.
It's only London screening is at Cine Lumiere.