The Birth of Love

by Philippe Garrel 1h34min France 1993
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The Birth of Love
by Philippe Garrel

Middle-aged artistes provide the focus of this drama filmed in black and white. The story is set in Paris around the time of the Gulf War. Paul is an actor leading a drab directionless existence. He has an affair with Ulrika, a woman half his age. His wife, with whom he constantly argues, is pregnant with their second child. He does not interact much with his teenage son. Much of the film centers around the emptiness of his life.

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  • Jean-Pierre Léaud : Marcus
  • Dominique Reymond : Hélène
  • Lou Castel : Paul
  • Johanna Ter Steege : Ulrika
  • And with: Margi Clarke, Georges Lavaudant, Marie-Paule Laval, Anne Macina, Max McCarthy, Aurélia Alcais


  • Director Philippe Garrel
  • Scenario Philippe Garrel, Muriel Cerf, Marc Chodolenko
  • Photo director André Clément, Raoul Coutard
  • Costume Design Laura Travelli
  • Sound Denis Martin, Jean-Pierre Ruth
  • Editing Yann Dedet, Sophie Coussein, Nathalie Hubert
  • Original music John Cale
  • Producer Pascal Caucheteux
  • Distributor LMC
  • Production Compagny Canal +, Département Fédéral de l'Intérieur, La Sept Cinéma, Maison des Écrivains, Televisione Svizzera Italiana, Vega Films, Why Not Productions

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1993
  • Release date for France09/22/1993
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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