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A Faithful Man(L'Homme fidèle)

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France · 2018
1h 15m
Director Louis Garrel
Starring Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp, Joseph Engel
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Marianne leaves Abel for Paul, his best friend and the father of her unborn child. Eight years later, Paul dies and Marianne returns to Abel. However, things have changed for the both of them and feelings of jealousy begin to suffuse their new relationship.

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CineVue by Christopher Machell

A Faithful Man may tip its hat to the conventions of film noir – Abel as the patsy, Marianne as the femme fatale – but Garrel’s winking sensibility is far too fun for real darkness. Instead, he gives us a wonderful soufflé of a film – light, airy, and a rare treat.


The Film Stage by Ethan Vestby

It can’t be overstated the simple pleasures of something that’s genuine but never cringe-inducing, and light but never sugary.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

A Faithful Man shows that Garrel has promise as a filmmaker, with a knack for directing actors and a welcome sense of Gallic wit. And as a performer himself, he remains a likeable and sometimes intense screen presence.


Slant Magazine by Sam C. Mac

It reveals itself as neither committed New Wave subversion nor skillful homage, but rather a weak and uninspired imitation.


Screen International by Tim Grierson

A Faithful Man seems to be content playfully ruminating on how matters of the heart consume people — and how, sometimes, pursuing someone can be more fulfilling than actually possessing them.


The Playlist by Warren Cantrell

An interesting, but ultimately light and frothy, Parisian rom-com that flies by at a breezy 73 minutes, A Faithful Man does alright for itself despite a few baked in flaws.

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