The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, May 27-June 2

05/27/2015 7:02 AM |

lenfant secret

L’enfant secret (1979)
Directed by Philippe Garrel
“It’s like I’m exiled inside myself,” says young mother Elie (Anne Wiazemsky), whose sudden absences from the life of her current lover, poet and filmmaker Jean-Baptiste (Henri de Maublanc), cause him to retreat from society into heroin-induced lethargy. French cinema’s premier romantic fatalist crafts moments of emotional texture as rich as his gorgeously lit black-and-white frames, as characters ebb between torrid affection and radiant torpor before an infinitely patient gaze. Made at the height of his love affair with Nico, this is Garrel’s first major attempt to bridge a Warholian medium specificity with a contemporary narrative, one so intimate it nearly transcends causality. The many ellipses allow time to become material, as the rolls of film stock end on screen—Garrel’s potent metaphor for the casual ruptures of bohemian life. Micah Gottlieb (May 30, 10pm at the Spectacle)