The Birth of Love (La naissance d'amour)
DIRECTOR: PHILIPPE GARREL
CAST: LOU CASTEL, JEAN-PIERRE LéAUD, JOHANNA TER STEEGE
Jean-Pierre Léaud and Lou Castel (both of whom made their auspicious acting debuts in the equally auspicious directing debuts of François Truffaut and Marco Bellocchio), here are found trying to shake off the doldrums of middle-age and romantic confusion by getting out of Paris together. Gorgeously photographed by the legendary Raoul Coutard in black and white, this self-analytic study in arrested adolescence plays out against the backdrop of the ongoing Gulf War, which brings with it the additional sting of political disappointment. Original score by John Cale.