Patrice Chéreau: The Love That Dares

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Patrice Chéreau, who passed away last October at the age of 68, was a rare kind of Renaissance man: a director who applied his progressive social ideals, unique visual sensibility, and close communion with actors equally to film, theater and opera. For the stage, he directed daring, revisionist adaptations of Marivaux, Racine and Labiche. His visionary opera productions included the first complete three-act staging of Alan Berg’s Lulu, a shattering take on Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, and the legendary Bayreuth re-interpretation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Yet Chéreau was also a major, prolific post-New Wave filmmaker whose body of work spanned over 30 years. What unites his extraordinarily diverse films—and aligns them with his theater and opera works—is the director’s interest in the irrational and instinctive side of human motivation, his commitment to victims of economic exploitation and abuses of power, and his fascination with the transforming effects of passion.

Read more about Patrice Chéreau over at Film Comment.

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In This Series

The Flesh of the Orchid

The Flesh of the Orchid

Patrice Chéreau | 1975 | 110 mins

A beautiful young woman (Charlotte Rampling), imprisoned by her aunt in a castle-like asylum, flees for the open road only to wind up in the company of another fugitive: a horse-rearing outsider on the run from two murderous gangsters.

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Saturday, March 01

7:00pm

Tuesday, March 04

9:00pm
Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Patrice Chéreau | 2005 | 90 mins

Chéreau’s bold, theatrically stylized adaptation of Conrad’s short story “The Return” follows the disintegrating relationship of a wealthy bourgeois couple (Pascal Greggory and Isabelle Huppert).

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Sunday, March 02

3:20pm
Intimacy

Intimacy

Patrice Chéreau | 2001 | 119 mins

Chéreau’s controversial English-language film is a chamber piece about an isolated, divorced bartender who longs to know more about the nameless woman he meets every Wednesday for bouts of passionate yet emotionless sex.

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Wednesday, March 05

9:00pm
Judith Therpauve

Judith Therpauve

Patrice Chéreau | 1978 | 125 mins

The great Simone Signoret stars as an aging veteran of the French resistance who agrees to help protect a struggling left-leaning newspaper from its powerful competitors in Chéreau’s tragic second feature.

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Sunday, March 02

8:30pm

Wednesday, March 05

6:30pm
Persecution

Persecution

Patrice Chéreau | 2009 | 98 mins

A tormented young Parisian (Romain Duris) is adored by his long-suffering lover (Charlotte Gainsbourg), clung to by his needy best friend, and stalked by an admirer in Chéreau’s most whittled-down vision of self-inflicted loneliness.

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Friday, February 28

9:20pm
Queen Margot

Queen Margot

Patrice Chéreau | 1994 | 159 mins

Chéreau’s highest-profile film was also his biggest departure: a lavish, blood-spattered, gold-spangled costume drama starring a trio of French superstars (Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Vincent Perez).

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Sunday, March 02

5:20pm
Son frère

Son frère

Patrice Chéreau | 2003 | 95 mins

Son frère captures the relationship between two estranged brothers—one straight, the other gay; one healthy, the other incurably ill—with equal parts compassion and clear-eyed observation.

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Saturday, March 01

9:20pm
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train

Patrice Chéreau | 1998 | 122 mins

A large, crisis-torn cast of characters attend the funeral of a self-described “very minor late-20th-century master” painter (Jean-Louis Trintignant) in one of Chéreau’s most empathetic and moving films.

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Tuesday, March 04

6:30pm
The Wounded Man

The Wounded Man

Patrice Chéreau | 1983 | 109 mins

Chéreau came fully into his own with his third feature, the story of a young man (Jean-Hugues Anglade) who falls hard for an older male hustler after a chance encounter in a train-station bathroom.

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Friday, February 28

7:00pm

Sunday, March 02

1:00pm
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