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7.2
/10
715 Ratings

L'enfant secret

Directed by Philippe Garrel
France, 1979
Drama

Synopsis

Jean-Baptiste, a filmmaker, and Elie, an actress, fall in love. To fight their unhappiness, they cling to their children: Jean-Baptiste to his film and Elie to her young son.

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L'enfant secret Directed by Philippe Garrel
The rareness of L’Enfant Secret has heightened its reputation as a precious object, a movie so intimate that watching it makes you feel as though you’ve been let in on something private. Nakedly autobiographical, the film plays like a confession; moreover, Garrel elicits such sensitive performances from his actors that they too seem to be baring their souls.
May 25, 2018
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It may be the most haunted film ever made. One is struck by the sense of Garrel inventing cinema, by images that come from a time before Lumière; the characters are haunted by past lives and present possible worlds; the film is haunted by the autobiographical ‘reality’ of Garrel and Nico’s relationship. This autobiographical aspect lends the film as intense a quality as one can imagine. It’s as if John Ford had just lived through Ethan Edwards’ experience and sought to record it on celluloid.
September 18, 2001
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It is a singular event in Garrel’s oeuvre, a quietly devastating film of almost unbearable alternations between tenderness and the harshest truths, in which the artist’ realization of his ability to communicate with the world results in a windblown clarity, like clouds pushing through the sky after a storm.
May 01, 1997
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