TIFF18 Review: A FAITHFUL MAN –Pam Grady

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Louis Garrel finds his sweet spot with his second directorial effort A Faithful Man. Writing in partnership with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière (Belle du Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), Garrel spins a compact (at only 75 minutes), buoyant romantic farce in which he stars as Abel, sweet, passive, and buffeted by the whims of others. Rejected first by Marianne (Laetitia Casta, Garrel’s wife) in favor of his friend Paul, the pair reunites years later, only now Paul’s winsome (and obsessed) younger sister Eve (Lily-Rose Depp) wants him, as well. In fact, she demands Marianne give up Abel. Garrel’s diffident, boy-man charm is at full wattage as the triangle plays itself out with gentle hilarity.

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Pam Grady

Pam Grady

Pam Grady is a freelance journalist and film critic whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Box Office, FilmStew, SF State Magazine and other publications. Her career began at Reel.com where she was an editor and staff critic. She is currently President of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle.