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"Jealousy": All Couples Fight, Some More Frenchly Than Others 

Tuesday, Sep 23 2014
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Philippe Garrel is one of the lesser-known of the French New Wave filmmakers compared to Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, but he's never stopped working, and his new Jealousy wouldn't have felt out of place in New Wave's 1960s heyday. Shot in glorious widescreen black-and-white, Jealousy kicks off with protagonist Louis (Louis Garrel, the director's son) leaving his wife, Clothilde (Rebecca Covenant), and daughter, Charlotte (Olga Milshtein), and the rather nice house they live in to shack up with mistress and fellow stage thespian Claudia (Anna Mouglasis) in a rather dingy yet still thoroughly Parisian apartment. Happiness does not quite ensue for Louis and Claudia; in a key conversation, they discuss whether or not one should tell the other if they're having an affair, and the answer is inconclusive. There's not a great deal of forward narrative thrust to speak of in Jealousy, just the characters going on about their lives while dealing with the decisions they've made. Again, this is apropos for New Wave-style filmmaking, as is the apparent lack of rationale for some of Louis and Claudia's actions. Is it because they're French? Or because they're theater folks? Or is it just because they're humans who don't know what they really want? Jealousy suggests it may be all of the above.

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