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Interior Exile: Close-Up on Philippe Garrel’s "L'enfant Secret"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Philippe Garrel's L'enfant secret is exclusively showing October and November 2019 in the United Kingdom and United States in Mubi's Rediscovered series.To engage in Philippe Garrel’s autopoetic world is not a task; instead, the viewer’s participation fuses with a spellbinding mood. Garrel is a filmmaker who seems to be forever working on the periphery, yet he is treasured whenever he is discovered. His body of work, which spans over six decades, is remarkably self-complementary and bracingly emotionally consistent. Across it can be found an unmissable thread of thematic preoccupations, as well as typified characters drawn from Garrel’s biography, such as a consistent filmmaker protagonist (Garrel shot his first film age sixteen) and tumultuous relationships (mirroring his own with the singer Nico), electroshock and heroin abuse. A son of an actor himself, he often explored familial

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