JealousyOriginal Title: La Jalousie
Director: Philippe Garrel
France | French
| Black & White
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Little Charlotte overhears a conversation not meant for her: Her father Louis is leaving her mother for another woman, Claudia (Anna Mouglalis), and she is heartbroken. When Charlotte eventually meets her dad’s new girlfriend she has great fun spending the day with both of them, but back home, what is she to tell her mother? In a most tender and sensitive scene, Charlotte tries to conceal her happiness and excitement. She doesn’t want to hurt mom, but bursts of enthusiasm punctuate her report on the day with Claudia, and mom understands that it is her turn to conceal her sorrow and jealousy so as not to hurt her daughter.
The jealousy of the first part (I Kept the Angels) of the film is Louis’s fault, and it is a quiet, brooding feeling; how devastating it is, we do not know. On the other hand, in the second part (Sparks in a Powder Keg) jealousy gnaws at Louis. Claudia’s love for Louis does not survive their poverty (“I can stand to be broke, but not to be poor'), and she leaves him for a better-off architect. Louis shoots himself but misses. The final scene sees Louis in a tender conversation with his sister and his daughter. If God (love) is not there anymore, the angel (his daughter) is what matters the most to him in life.
Once again Garrel uses material from his own life for an engrossing reflection on the volatile yet strong nature of love, supported by excellent performances and extraordinary black-and-white cinematography by Willy Kurant.