When attending a film festival, sometimes you need something a little breezy before you go full throttle into consuming multiple films per day, for a week or longer. This year, that task falls to Arnaud Desplechin‘s “Ismael’s Ghosts,” which, at the very least, will feature Marion Cotillard dancing to Bob Dylan‘s “It Ain’t Me Babe.”
Co-starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alba Rohrwacher, and Louis Garrel, the film tells the story of a filmmaker haunted by the women from his past and present. Here’s the official synopsis:
Ismaël Vuillard makes films. He is in the middle of one about Ivan, an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. Along with Bloom, his master and father-in-law, Ismaël still mourns the death of Carlotta, twenty years earlier. Yet he has started his life over again with Sylvia. Sylvia is his light. Then Carlotta returns from the dead. Sylvia runs away. Ismaël rejects Carlotta. Driven mad by these ordeals, he abandons the shoot for his family home in Roubaix. There, he lives as a recluse, besieged by his ghosts.