Faithful Man

Most Promising Actress
Cesar Awards
Golden Seashell ~ Best Film
San Sebastián International Film Festival
Jury Prize ~ Best Screenplay
San Sebastián International Film Festival
Steeped in New Wave lore…capturing [Paris] in a lat-60s time warp, with pairs of ravishing lovers roaming the streets.


A Faithful Man

Nine years after she left him for his best friend, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) gets back together with his recently widowed old flame Marianne (Laetitia Casta). It seems to be a beautiful new beginning, but soon the hapless Abel finds himself embroiled in all sorts of drama: the come-ons of a wily jeune femme (Lily-Rose Depp), the machinations of Marianne’s morbid young son (Joseph Engel), and some unsavory questions about what exactly happened to his girlfriend’s first husband. Shifting points of view as nimbly as its players switch partners, the sophomore feature from actor/director Louis Garrel—co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière—is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a playful inversion of the patriarchal tropes of the French New Wave.

“Dramatically dazzling. Taps into the French New Wave while attributing the lion’s share of the relationship power not to a man, but to a woman.” – France 24

“It can’t be overstated the simple pleasures of something that’s genuine but never cringe-inducing, and light but never sugary.” – Ethan Vestby, The Film Stage

“A pleasant confection. Playfully ruminates on how matters of the heart consume people.” – Tim Grierson, Screen International

“As delicate and delightful as a well-whipped meringue: light, fluffy, sweet and delectable.” – Bedatri Datta Choudhury, Vague Visages
Not Rated
Comedy, Drama, Romance, French Cinema
Louis Garrel, Jean-Claude Carrière
Louis Garrel
Louis Garrel, Lily-Rose Depp, Joseph Engel
Nominee, Most Promising Actress, Cesar Awards
Nominee, Golden Seashell ~ Best Film, San Sebastián International Film Festival
Winner, Jury Prize ~ Best Screenplay, San Sebastián International Film Festival

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