TIFF 2018 Review: L’HOMME FIDELE (A FAITHFUL MAN) (France 2018) ****

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

A Faithful Man Poster
A couple’s relationship becomes complicated when she leaves him for his best friend, and returns after he dies.


Louis Garrel

Louis Garrel is the son of Philip Garrel who broke into fame as an actor in Bertolucci’s THE DREAMERS and the recent GODARD MON A’MOUR.  Louis proves his directing chops in this light hearted romantic comedy in the adventures of as the title implies, of one faithful man played by Garrel himself..  
He loves Marianne who leaves him for his best friend who after passing away moves in with her.  But her son with Tom breaks up the romance and has him now live with Eve who has always longed for him.  The voiceovers change between him, Eve and Marianne.  
The film reminds one immediately of Truffaut’s heavier LES DEUX ANGLAISES ET LE CONTINENT where voiceover rules the layered menage-a-trios love story.  Thought not as elegant, Garrel’s film is still smart, insightful while still maintaining its playfulness.  The film bursts in youth and romance.  Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining and yes, funny!