75 minutes, Color
Best known as one of France's finest young actors, Louis Garrel steps behind the camera for his second directorial feature, a buoyant romantic farce set in the City of Light. Garrel plays Abel, a sweetly passive Parisian buffeted by others’ whims. His lover, Marianne (Laetitia Casta), dumps him for his friend Paul, only to pop back into his life years later with her son. Paul's winsome younger sister Eve (Lily-Rose Depp) also emerges into the picture and acts out on a years-in-the-making obsessive crush on Abel. There is a gentle French New Wave tone and feel to A Faithful Man. The contemporary Paris setting with its streets, cafés, and apartments appear almost changeless since the 1960s. But it is the youthful director's unique, carefully modulated, quizzically engaged touch that charms and engages as the love triangle plays itself out with gentle hilarity. —Various Sources
In French with English subtitles
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