DIRECTOR: PHILIPPE GARREL
CAST: LOUIS GARREL, CLOTILDE HESME, JULIEN LUCAS
1968 / 6mins / DCP
After decades of distortion and misinformation on both the French right and left, to further agendas and re-write history, Garrel felt compelled to portray the May ’68 period as it was experienced by someone who was there, and correct the historical record for future generations. François is our guide (played by Garrel’s son Louis), a young poet who goes from the exhilaration of the barricades to the exhaustion of drug addiction and aimlessness. Shot in 1:33 Academy ratio (full-frame) black- and-white that makes the 1960s seem near to the 19th century, the film combines youthful romance with adult rue, and introduced Garrel anew to the United States. Screening with Actua 1, his thought-to-be-lost short film shot by a twenty-year-old Garrel, in May ‘68. Astoundingly, though not having seen the lm for decades while making Regular Lovers, the two films feature some near identical imagery, having been forever ingrained in the filmmaker’s mind.
Regular Lovers is screening as part of the May '68: The Struggle Continues series.