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After so many decades of earning acclaim on the festival and international circuits, the work of Philippe Garrel (A Burning Hot Summer, I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar) is only now receiving its first significant U.S. release. I’m not speaking of some full retrospective, but merely the treatment given to one film: Jealousy, a title which one contributor listed among his five favorite films seen in 2013, and which we later cited it as one of the ten best 2014 films already scoped out.

It’s coming to theaters this August, courtesy of Distrib Films US, and the first trailer promises something awfully beautiful — delicate, perhaps, but hardly flimsy. A Garrel picture, in short, and one with such lovely black-and-white photography. As our capsule says, “Amidst the festival circuit’s plentiful offerings of bloat, whether through glibly provocative subject matter or tired recycling of arthouse aesthetics, the relaxed 77 minutes comes as not only a relief, but a reminder of the power found in simple expressiveness. The best way to say it is that Jealousy feels like a story told only through the very images it requires, the multiple perspectives drawing from Garrel’s own life as a father, lover, and child all made wholly clear.”

Watch the preview below (via Apple):


Jealousy, starring Louis Garrel and Anna Mouglalis, will enter limited release on August 15.

Have you been following Garrel’s career? Does this preview give the impression of a worthy entry?

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