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The Birth of Love

1993

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  • The film has a compositional beauty that can’t be reduced simply to the lighting and framing of shots; it’s also a matter of scenic rhythm and emotional orchestration, and it’s equally apparent in Garrel’s brief, powerful uses of video footage of the gulf war’s aftermath and in the acted sequences.

  • This ardent, muted Parisian melodrama, from 1993, derives its power from the director Philippe Garrel’s passionate identification with its middle-aged protagonists. Garrel sympathizes intensely with the artists’ emotional turbulence but also reveals its price. The scene where Paul leaves his family is one of the most painful depictions of paternal anguish ever filmed.