In the Shadow of Love: The Cinema of Philippe Garrel

Les Hautes solitudes

Philippe GarrelFrance80 minutes197414AB&WSilent

Feb 16
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    "A movie about the crippling pain of depression and the grace one can achieve by enduring it" (Ben Sachs). Fifteen years after she electrified the world in Godard's Breathless, Jean Seberg — now in the midst of a long struggle with mental illness and alcohol and drug dependency — was convinced by Garrel to "star" in this plotless document of her daily life in her Paris flat. Consisting almost exclusively of meditative black-and-white close-ups, Les hautes solitudes captures Seberg both alone and with her friends (actors Laurent Terzieff and Tina Aumont, as well as Garrel's beloved Nico), as the fallen star's unspoken torments and still vibrant inner life flicker across her still eerily beautiful face. "The idea was to make a film out of the outtakes of a film that never existed in the first place.… No one thought that it was a real film, but [Seberg] was very independent and didn't care about this. I consider Les hautes solitudes as much a Seberg film as mine" (Garrel).