In the Shadow of Women

Synopsis: Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. But the new girl in his life finds out that Manon has a lover. When she tells Pierre, the time comes for difficult decisions all round.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Philippe Garrel
Production: SBS Productions
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
73 min

Sometimes he just waits.

Without saying a word.

Some people can't stand the silence.

So they say things they would

not admit if they were asked.

Yes. Not anyone can do that.

I'm telling you...

We'll get by.

Someday his talent will be renowned.

Yes, but...


I have to go.

Hold it for me please.

Just a bit higher.


How do I look?

You're very beautiful Mom.

See you soon, darling.

See you soon.


Can I help you?

Thank you.

I'm going to the parking.

There is more.

- What are you doing here?

- An internship in the archive.

I know where I can find you now.

Here. All of it.

- 21.

- What is your name?

- Elisabeth.

- I'm Pierre.

- Hurry up or we'll be late.

- I'm staying here.

What do you mean?

Are you kidding me?

We were supposed to go together.

I don't feel like it anymore.

I disagree. I'm bored to go out alone.

Come on, let's go.

What will I do there

if you are not with me?

I won't go. I don't want to.

I've thought about it. If you go alone,

Sylvain will pay for the meal.

Or someone else.

You can't see it but I hate you.

Her room is just beneath.

She will hear us if we both go.

Because of the floor.

So what do we do?

I'll go first.

Then you'll rejoin me.

Take off your shoes.

Come in. Slowly.

I feel like I'm 14.

Me too.

- I have to tell you...

- What?

I'm married.

I knew it.

You have four sisters?!


I have only 3 real sisters.

And one brother.

But I have two more sisters.

So I have 5 sisters.

And one brother.

You're the eldest?

No. I'm the third.

All of us are different.

Are the youngest going to school?

I'm the only one studying.

I'm the only one following my father's

wish since his change of social class.

My parents...

come from the lower class.

They became Bourgeois.

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Jean-Claude Carrière

Jean-Claude Carrière (French: [ka.ʁjɛʁ]; born 17 September 1931) is a French novelist, screenwriter, actor, and Academy Award honoree. He was an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud and was president of La Fémis, the French state film school. Carrière was a frequent collaborator with Luis Buñuel on the screenplays of Buñuel's late French films. more…

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