Regular Lovers

Michael G. Kelly introduces a screening of Regular Lovers directed by Philippe Garrel for the final screening of the series Realising Utopia: Cinema & 68. In the film, a group of young Parisians turn to a bohemian existence after the events of May 1968. Thousands of young people run through the streets, hoping to end the boredom of a programmed life. François has just turned twenty and, like the rest of his generation, he’s got nothing to lose. During a riot, François meets Lilie and an amour fou begins.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

On the film, Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian wrote:

“Regular Lovers (2005) probably gives a better idea of what the uprising was actually like, more faithful than the sexier, romanticised semi-celebratory fictions. Those were, to quote the old Chinese curse, interesting times, but there were periods of boredom, and hanging around at meetings and parties, and bad sex and bad drugs and a vast amount of hot air expelled by the revolutionaries and hangers-on who made it all possible.

It is an interestingly un-rewritten kind of history that Garrel is creating here, and for all the poetic licence he awards himself, there is a notable absence of anything resembling nostalgia. The violence and inarticulate idealism, and the disappointments and frustrations of youth, are still swirling around in Garrel’s head, and he transfers them, almost unedited, onto the cinema screen.

This is an uncompromising, difficult movie in the gnomic Godardian argot, complete with intertitles, that has not been fashionable for decades. The film behaves as if these particular arguments and événements are still current; in its style, it might almost have been made in 1968. All this may well send modern audiences running for the hills, but they would miss a startling and intriguing piece of work.”

About Michael G. Kelly:

Following his undergraduate studies in French and Law at Galway and Poitiers, Michael completed a doctorate in modern French literature at the University of Oxford, where he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford. Michael has been a Lecturer in French at the University of Limerick since 2003, and is currently Head of the French section within the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics at the university. Prior appointments include University College Dublin; the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm), Paris; the Université Michel de Montaigne (Bordeaux 3); and, in the course of 2009-10, visiting scholar at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.


Wednesday 9 May 2018, 7-10pm

The Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies Film & Lecture Series 2018 is presented in partnership with the Umbrella Project Arts Organisation, the University of Limerick, the National College of Art and Design, and Ormston House Cultural Resource Centre.

Special thanks to Cathal McMahon.
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