In the Shadow of Love: The Cinema of Philippe Garrel

L'Enfant secret

Philippe GarrelFrance92 minutes197914AB&WFrench

Jan 26
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"The transitional film of Garrel's career, L'Enfant secret sees the director pivoting from his experimental work into narrative, and from films with Nico to works haunted by her ghost. Former Bresson 'models' Anne Wiazemsky (Au hasard Balthazar) and Henri de Maublanc (Le Diable probablement) play a couple who fall in love and then fall to pieces, descending into drug addiction and mutually enabled self-destruction. Winner of the Prix Jean Vigo in 1982, this lacerating work of cinematic self-analysis is as quietly revolutionary as any of Garrel's previous works, and a testament to an artist's survival" (Metrograph).