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205 Ratings

I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar

J'entends plus la guitare

Directed by Philippe Garrel
France, 1991


For those who were young, living under the delusions of love and soft drugs in Paris, May 1968 – even if the guitar is still playing, they can’t hear it any longer.

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I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar Directed by Philippe Garrel
They dropped us like turds when we stopped loving them. But we didn’t know we stopped loving them." “They did warn us. We didn’t catch on,” the other replies, before concluding “Women are subtle and they’re fast on the uptake.” This kind of complex emotional mining, viewed rationally by the characters, almost with a jaundiced eye, is perhaps something typically French, but no one observes it more closely and intimately than Garrel.
February 16, 2018
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J’entends plus la guitare is an intimate, unadorned roman à clef quietly but intensely covering an expanse of years in the relationship between Marianne (the extraordinary Johanna ter Steege) and Gérard (Benoit Régent). These figures offer analogues for Garrel and Nico, the actress and musician who was the director’s lover and collaborator throughout the 1970s… it is a tough, minimalist, bittersweet and clear-eyed dissection of various moments in the life of the insular couple.
September 15, 2015
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There’s a unique rawness in this impossible love story to which he’d repeatedly return. Here, however, fragility and emotional intensity are at their peaks, with deeply moving performances from Johanna ter Steege as Nico-figure Marianne and Benoît Régent as Garrel’s melancholy stand-in Gerard.
September 15, 2015
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