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This threadbare tale of a photographer's amorous misadventures show that cinematic vanity projects still survive in 21st century France. Shot in 'artistic' B&W, the film opens with poetically rumpled Francois shooting some publicity stills of a young married actress, Carole, whose film-maker husband is away in Hollywood. Despite Carole's lack of any discernible charisma, Francois falls under her spell, and they embark on a supposedly obsessive love affair. It's immediately apparent the film is going to be a train-wreck, since director Garrel spends far too much time on tedious shots of the couple asleep or staring moodily into the distance. Consequently it seems somewhat capricious when Carole suddenly suffers a breakdown, sets fire to her apartment, and is consigned to an asylum where she writhes around theatrically in a straitjacket.
After her release, Carole tells Francois she's going to reconcile with her husband, and then delivers an over-acting masterclass while drowning her sorrows in a bottle of gin. Francois tries seeking solace with a new love interest, but memories of Carole drive him on to the melodramatic destiny that awaits him. "Frontier of the Dawn" makes even less sense on the screen than it does on paper, and it's easy to see why the Cannes Festival audience greeted the film's producers with whistles of derision for wasting their time with such puerile piffle.
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