Lover for a Day (L’Amant d’un jour): Directed by Philippe Garrel

Lover for a Day (L’Amant d’un jour) is a meditation on love and fidelity that is a logical expansion of Philippe Garrel’s previous films,  Jealousy, and In the Shadow of Women.

After a painful breakup, Jeanne (Esther Garrel) moves back in with her university professor father, Gilles (Eric Caravaca). To her surprise, she discovers that he is living with optimistic, life-loving student Ariane (newcomer Louise Chevillotte), who is the same age as Jeanne.

An unusual and peculiar triangular relationship emerges as both girls seek the favor of Gilles, as daughter or lover, while developing their own friendship, finding common ground despite their differences.

Shot in grainy black and white by Renato Berta, Lover for a Day illustrates Garrel’s poetic exploration of relationships and desire.

Running time: 78 minutes Directed by Philippe Garrel.


Esther Garrel, Eric Caravaca and Louise Chevillotte. MUBI release.