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This is a story of a father, his 23-year-old daughter, who goes back home one day because she has just been dumped, and his new girlfriend, who is also 23 and lives with him.

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After a devastating breakup, the only place twenty-three-year old Jeanne (Esther Garrel) has to stay in Paris is the small flat of her father, Gilles (Éric Caravaca). But when Jeanne arrives, she finds that her father's new girlfriend has moved in too: Ariane (Louise Chevillotte), a young woman her own age. Each is looking for their own kind of love in a city filled with possibilities.


When he had fallen with her, when he had dared to take her in his arms, when they had spilled onto the makeshift bed amid all those strangers and children who lived there, at the university, and who seemed oblivious to their presence, however near they were; when he had penetrated her so chastely while she smiled and snuggled closer, slowly shifting her body as her skin melded softly with his skin; then he had realized that, yes, it was to love that they had surrendered; the love that had burst into their lives was unexpected and impossible to refuse. She was twenty and well armed by youth, and he was easily fifty and did not realize that anymore. Twenty also happened to be his daughter's age. It crossed his mind as he dressed. How would his beloved daughter react? Now that he knew love again.


Q: After JEALOUSY and IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN, LOVER FOR A DAY is the third film in a trilogy.

Philippe Garrel: Yes. I had made a triptych before, with La Cicatrice intérieure, Athanor and Le Berceau de cristal intended for a one-off screening lasting 2 hours 45 minutes, at Palais de Chaillot. For a retrospective, I was asked what gift they could give me, so I had asked for two free screenings - one each of La Cicatrice intérieure and Marie pour mémoire - and for a screening of those three films together without the lights being brought up between them. Before that, Athanor had been attacked by a critic, who said I was banging my head against a wall, against the obvious fact that cinema was movement. La Cicatrice was tracking shots and music. Athanor was silence and still shots. Then it was back to Le Berceau with Ash Ra Tempel's music. So Athanor worked fine as an interlude between two parts of a concert. This time, it is a trilogy; the films are not made to be screened together.

Q: Beyond economic considerations, was the trilogy rooted in thematic motifs?

Philippe Garrel: As a viewer, I like the other arts just as much as cinema. I am no more a film buff than a lover of painting. But there is one thing I have done long-term in my life, and that is to read Freud. I must have started in 1975. At the Conservatoire, for several years now, I have made students learn Dora's two dreams or the wolf man's dream. When I make a film - and this is why I love Bergman almost as much as Godard - there is a Freudian assignment that I impose upon myself. In Jealousy, my subject matter was female neurosis; in In the shadow of women, female libido; in LOVER FOR A DAY, the female unconscious. In LOVER FOR A DAY, I wanted to deal with the Electra complex, the female counterpart of the Oedipus complex, although they are not perfectly symmetrical. Electra plotted the death of her mother, Clytemnestra, because she remarried. The film tells the story of a conscious friendship between a young woman and her stepmother, who is the same age as her, and how the young woman's unconscious drives her to get rid of this rival for her father's love. It's not fundamental to understand this, but that's how I constructed the film.

Excerpt from an interview in Les Cahiers du Cinéma

Lover for a Day Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Philippe Garrel

Writing Credits

Philippe Garrel

Arlette Langmann

Caroline Deruas-Garrel

Jean-Claude Carrière


Éric Caravaca

Esther Garrel

Louise Chevillotte

Paul Toucang

Marie Sergeant

Raphaël Naasz

Félix Kysyl

Laetitia Spigarelli (voice)

Music by

Jean-Louis Aubert

Cinematography by

Renato Berta

Genre: Drama, Romance

Country: France

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