DIRECTOR: PHILIPPE GARREL
CAST: ANNE WIAZEMSKY, ANNE WIAZEMSKY, HENRI DE MAUBLANC, HENRI DE MAUBLANC, XUAN LINDENMEYER, XUAN LINDENMEYER
The transitional film of Garrel’s career, pivoting from his experimental work into narrative, from films with Nico to works imbued with her ghost. Robert Bresson “models,” Anne Wiazemsky (Au hasard Balthazar) and Henri de Maublanc (The Devil, Probably) are a couple who fall in love and then fall to pieces, descending into drug addiction and mutually-enforced self-destruction. The winner of the Prix Jean Vigo in 1982, this lacerating work of cinematic self-analysis was Garrel’s most traditional film to date, though as quietly revolutionary as any of his previous work, and a testament to an artist’s survival. “The secret child of French cinema, Philippe Garrel has sent us a sign of life. Our answer: we hear you loud and clear” (Serge Daney). This marks the U.S. theatrical premiere run of L’enfant secret, newly remastered.
A Film Desk release.