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Emergency Kisses

1989

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  • My only other viewing was in my 20s. I'm now almost exactly the same age Garrel was when he made this film, a father of young children, and totally mystified by love. The sequence in the train car moved me as deeply as anything I've seen in years. Goddam, this film.

  • Here in this deeply personal film is the intimate lens that is characteristic of so much of Garrel’s work. His camera is a mirror that reflects and memorialises. Emergency Kisses is evidence of Garrel’s willingness to look at ‘them’ and also at himself, as he has done repeatedly and honestly throughout a 50-year career of subjective exploration.

  • In what’s been a remarkably autobiographical oeuvre, the metatheatrical layers in the likes of Emergency Kisses are dizzying... This is Garrel at perhaps his most indulgently navel gazing, but it’s a fascinating meditation on the divisions between cinema and life; it also augured the couple’s real-world split that would eventuate a few years later.

  • The end of Emergency Kisses is probably my favourite of any Garrel picture, a scene that perfectly realizes his vision. . . . In one simple scene, absent any dialogue, Garrel visually conveys the vicissitudes of love and infidelity and the self-consciousness of role-playing that run through all his work. It’s a profoundly moving ending, and one that could only be realized by a master of the craft.