The stormy relationship between a painter and an Italian film actress is seen through the eyes of another young couple in Philippe Garrel’s latest exploration of twisted emotional ties. An aspiring actor and self-professed revolutionary, Paul is working as an extra when he falls in love with another bit player in the film, the emotionally fragile Elisabeth. Around the same time, Paul meets the painter Frédéric through a mutual friend, and Frédéric soon invites Paul and Elisabeth to Rome to stay with him and his Italian wife. In the heat of a Roman summer, Paul and Elisabeth face the delicate start to their new love while Frédéric and Angele’s begins to implode. Shooting in full color after several productions in black and white, Garrel allows the actors to give full range to the troubled passions that rule and rile their characters. The film was reportedly inspired both by the death of a friend of Garrel’s and by Jean-Luc Godard’s 'Contempt'.
Added by cinesoul on June 18, 2012