The Frontier of Dawn / La frontière de l’aube Series: Film Comment Selects  Director: Philippe Garrel, Country: France, Release: 2008, Runtime: 106
In Philippe Garrel’s stunningly beautiful new film, shot in glorious black and white, his son Louis plays François, a young photographer who has been hired to do a photo shoot with up-and-coming actress Carole (Laura Smet). They fall in love, but he balks at her emotional volatility and finds a convenient excuse to ditch her. She is committed to a mental institution and soon commits suicide. One year later, François embarks on a new relationship with Eve (Clémentine Poidatz), less unhinged and far wealthier. But the promise of stability is undone by an apparition of the purest and darkest romanticism: the face of Carole in the mirror, calling François to join her in oblivion. The Frontier of Dawn is a cinematic poem, made with a simple eloquence that’s beyond most of today’s filmmakers.