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Frontier of Dawn

2008 1h 47m Drama List
50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 48% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
A photographer (Louis Garrel) has an affair with a married actress (Laura Smet) who shows signs of going mad. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Keith Uhlich Time Out [A] frequently tedious rumination on rabid passion that still manages to linger in the mind. Rated: 3/6 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Manohla Dargis New York Times Love is a universe of two in Philippe Garrel's fatalistic romance Frontier of Dawn. Rated: 4/5 Mar 6, 2009 Full Review Chris Cabin Garrel has mastered a own very personal tone that makes even a minor work such as this feel essential and vital Rated: 3.5/5 May 28, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Tedious fatalistic French melodrama. Rated: C+ May 2, 2009 Full Review Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru Has exquisite cinematography and an initially absorbing and compelling plot which, midway, loses steam and becomes pretentious and awkward while leaving you with a bad aftertaste. Rated: 5.85/10 Mar 9, 2009 Full Review Derek Smith Tiny Mix Tapes Coupled with Garrel's impassive approached to the material, Frontier of Dawn is a conflicted film whose striking imagery simply cannot make up for the void left by its deficient storytelling. Rated: 2.5/5 Mar 4, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The very definition of what many people consider a "French film;" moody, slow-moving, tragic...and filmed in black-and-white. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Not my cup of tea 10,Jan 2013 @Salon Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Pretty good till the supernatural part. Maybe if Carole wasn't so scaring inside (his mind?) the mirror ... What I specially like about this movie is that the story is very recent (she dies in 2007), but we feel in 70's, without any trace of modern life. Brazilian writer Nelson Rodrigues' words describe very well the movie: "love, if not eternal, wasn't love". </br> </br> Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member christ sake, that kinda scared me Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member I really liked the style and tone of the film. The story and interaction between Carol and Photographer was interesting. But the second half of the film completely loses all interest. The woman he plans to marry Eve is such a uninteresting character they kind of muddle forward in their relationship and than this whole supernatural aspect is introduced it just became a bit to hard to swallow and just boring to keep watching. Perhaps if it had continued to explore the first relationship between the two it would have made a stronger and more captivating piece. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Started out compelling, but took a nose dive long before it should have. It also dragged after about the first third and the payoff wasn't worth the wait. 2 Stars for delicious cinematography. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A photographer (Louis Garrel) has an affair with a married actress (Laura Smet) who shows signs of going mad.
Philippe Garrel
Edouard Weil, Conchita Airoldi
Philippe Garrel, Marc Cholodenko, Arlette Langmann
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 4, 2017
1h 47m
Sound Mix
Dolby Digital