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Philippe Garrel

Le révélateur

Director Philippe Garrel Cast Bernadette Lafont, Laurent Terzieff, Stanislas Robiolle
Edition 2022
64' - 1968 - Drama - Dialogue: no dialogue
Le révélateur is a Freudian playground full of fairytale symbolism but also corresponding danger. The French avant-garde filmmaker Philippe Garrel is just as rebellious as the little boy in the leading role of this black-and-white dream.

Bohren & Der Club of Gore wrote a new soundtrack for this film by Philippe Garrel. “We chose Le révélateur because there are similarities between our music and the film: a little goes a long way. The pared-down aesthetics and the free spaces created by the film’s images allow each viewer to make their own statement and find their own emotions in it – just as listeners do with our music.
There are only three characters in the film: The Father, The Mother and The Child. Likewise there are three of us in Bohren & the Club of Gore: Christoph, Morten, Robin. Knowing that director Philippe Garrel gave the actors (except the child, of course) LSD during filming also made an impression on us. We haven’t performed on LSD (yet), but we often hear that our music has hallucinogenic properties, which can lead to addiction if used regularly – like any intoxicant.”

"Cinema is Freud plus Lumière", Philippe Garrel once wrote. Amateur psychoanalysts and adventurous cinephiles will have the best time with Le révélateur, a voyeuristic view into the dreamy world of a couple and their child. This originally silent black-and-white film, shot in the middle of May '68, belongs to the early work of the still active French filmmaker, a disobedient son of the French New Wave and father of actor Louis Garrel. Le révélateur lets you explore the dark rooms and tunnels of its makers' minds with only a torch in hand. Or do the inkblots of this cinematic Rorschach Test reveal more about the audience? Walk with Garrel through the imaginative field of the subconscious. But watch out for barbed wire.

“An early work such as Le révélateur (1968) unfolds like a dream, a silent black-and-white vision whose disaffection and rebellion perfectly encapsulates the mood of ‘68.” - Senses of Cinema

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Philippe Garrel


Bernadette Lafont, Laurent Terzieff, Stanislas Robiolle


Philippe Garrel

Director of Photography

Michel Fournier


Philippe Garrel


Anne Héliat, Sylvina Boissonnas, Philippe Garrel

Production studios

Zanzibar Films

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Philippe Garrel
Marie pour mémoire (1967), Le Révélateur (1968), La Concentration (1968), Actua 120 (1968), Anémone (1968), Le Lit de la Vierge (1969), La Cicatrice intérieure (1971), Les Hautes Solitudes (1973), Un ange passe (1975), Le Berceau de cristal (1976), Le Bleu des origines (1979), L'Enfant secret (1982), Liberté, la nuit (1983), Elle a passé tant d'heures sous les sunlights (1985), Les Ministères de l'art (1988), Les Baisers de secours (1989), J'entends plus la guitare (1991), La Naissance de l'amour (1993), Le Cœur fantôme (1996), Le Vent de la nuit (1999), Sauvage Innocence (2001), Les Amants réguliers (2005), La Frontière de l'aube (2008), Un été brûlant (2011), La Jalousie (2013), L'Ombre des femmes (2015), L'Amant d'un jour (2017), Le Sel des larmes (2020)