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2005 NYFF Films

Good Night, and Good Luck
Regular Lovers
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
L'Enfant (The Child)
The Squid and the Whale
I Am
Something Like Happiness
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Tale of Cinema
Breakfast on Pluto
Through the Forest
The President's Last Bang
Who's Camus Anyway?
Three Times
Paradise Now
Tristram Shandy
The Sun
The Passenger
Cache (Hidden)
Regular Lovers
Philippe Garrel, France, 2005, 175 min.

1968, 1969: a small group of young men take active part in the May 1968 Paris riots in this lengthy and meandering historical mood piece shot in black and white for a New Wave look that¹s at once fresh and nostalgic. The cataclysm ends, hopes die down, boys pair off with girls, and the hash and then the opium come out. There¹s a painter, a guy named Gauthier who wants to design clothes, and others. The group gravitates to the house of the wealthy Antoine (Julien Lucas) but the focus is on a budding poet and draft resister called François (Louis Garrel, the director¹s son, recently seen in Bertolucci¹s The Dreamers, who looks almost too poetic to actually be one) and an art student and sculptor, Lilie (Clotilde Hesme), who fall in love. Lilie¹s pledge of eternal loyalty to Francois lasts till a wealthy sculptor sponsors her and she goes off to New York, leaving her sensitive and sweet young lover shattered. The young people and the Paris interiors and exteriors (Lilie says Francois is "beautiful inside and outside") are lovely to look upon but the film requires patience and the English subtitles are the kind that burn out whenever the background is white  (Chris Knipp)

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