The once-happy marriage between brooding painter Frédéric (Louis Garrel) and his movie-star wife Angèle (Monica Bellucci) is jeopardized when another couple (Céline Sallette and Jérôme Robart) joins them on a Roman holiday. Philippe Garrel was nominated for a Golden Lion at the 2011Venice Film Festival for this character study of a quartet in crisis. In French with English subtitles.
"Monica Bellucci is the revelation here."—Time Out, NY
"Garrel creates worlds that spring from a poetic, deeply personal sense of life."—NYTimes
"Garrel's direction has a charged tranquility that imbues the proceedings with edgy energy."—Village Voice
"Unlike Frédéric and Angèle, who are larger than life … Paul and Elisabeth are more ordinary, but also more engaging. Their meeting on a film set and their early courtship are a winsome mix of awkwardness and sensuality. The two are drawn into their friends' vitriolic marriage, and while Paul comes close to blending into his friend's shadow, in the end, he shows enough emotional intelligence to choose intimacy over a friendship that smacks of idolatry. The two lovers must grow by learning from their friends' mistakes."—Slant