REVIEW | “Lover for a Day” questions the value of fidelity at NYFF

The old saying goes it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all… but is it true?

In his third year presenting in the New York Film Festival main slate, French director and actor Philippe Garrel (known for his films Jealousy and In the Shadow of Women) meditates on the questions of love and infidelity with his latest project, Lover for a Day.

Jeanne (Esther Garrel, and indeed, the director’s daughter, who is also in other NYFF main slate films this year), a university student in Paris, is left heartbroken and dismayed when her boyfriend breaks up with her. Seeing refuge, she returns home to her father, Gilles (Eric Caravaca), whom she finds involved in a relationship with one of his students, Ariane (newcomer Louise Chevillotte), who is her same age. What is being referred to as “an unusual triangular relationship” forms within the Parisian apartment as each character seeks out their definition of love.

Aesthetically, the film strikes gold. Shot in black and white, Cinematographer Renato Berta adds a dimension of tenderness to the characters even in scenes where we should feel no such thing for them. As the city of love, Paris is also given a soft supporting role in wide-shots of characters roaming the streets in quaint French outfits (mock turtlenecks, cuffed jeans, chic haircuts), large, old buildings surrounding them in something equally supportive and daunting as they look for fulfillment.

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Plot-wise, the film is less revolutionary. Most students of screenwriting know that if something is true in the first act, it should be rendered false by the third in order to have a dramatic story arc. When we’re first introduced to a sobbing Jeanne on the couch of Gilles and Ariane’s quaint apartment – the couple still in a blissful lust for one another – we’re set-up to not be surprised by the ultimate demise of one relationship and restoration of the other, which is exactly the course Lover for a Day takes. In between, Garrel and his large screenwriting team (Caroline Deruas; Arlette Langmann; and Jean-Claude Carrière) draw our attention to the way in which relationships crumble and the very intense effects they can have on us.

However, in doing this, Garrel boxes his characters into what can feel like stereotypical gender roles, especially his female leads. Jeanne is depicted as a complete wreck by the loss of her first love. She’s unable to find anything else in her life to focus on, and when the pain becomes too much comes close to a suicide attempt. This is made all the more difficult to sympathize with when we finally hear from the boyfriend and understand that she leaves a mist a disagreement.

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Ariane is given only slightly more room to breathe. She is both childishly smitten with her older, intelligent professor (admitting she is the one to have gone after him), but is also unsatisfied somehow, seeking out a new lover seemingly each day (realistically each week or so) to quench this sexual thirst. There are numerous scenes of Ariane passionate intertwined with a man, often times that she hardly knows while pressed up against the wall of a university building bathroom, and while she might write “Never Again” on the mirror in lipstick when she leaves them, we know she’ll be back in the same situation again eventually.

The dismissiveness of Gilles to the actions of the women in his life is equally frustrating for it suggests, as Sigmund Freud always has, that there is something irrational to women that you simply can’t understand and must accept. In further absurdity, it is implied that the friendship that ultimately forms between Ariane and Jeanne stems from the overcoming of jealousy these women feel in a struggle for the attention of Gilles.

It should be remarkably clear to all viewers that neither of these women need Gilles in their life, which is why they both ultimately leave his apartment. However, what remains fuzzy is how much they really require men and how badly the search for love messes with our minds. While you may not agree with all of the ideas Garrel is implying, they’re certainly worthy of stimulating a conversation.

“Lover for a Day” will be screened publicly on Tuesday, October 10, accompanied by a Q&A with Garrel, and again on Wednesday, October 11, as part of the 55th New York Film Festival. Find out more here.


Rachel A.G. Gilman is a writer, a radio producer, and probably the girl wearing the Kinks shirt. Visit her website for more.

INTERVIEW | Dylan Hyde wants you to sing loud and “Clearly”

“I ain’t asking for much / Keep just a little faith in me”

The lyrics to pop musician Dylan Hyde’s first single, “Clearly,” have him asking for far less than his talent is worth. The young musician fell in love with music from the age of three, and after being discovered on Youtube has moved from his hometown of San Diego to the big city of Los Angeles to pursue the career full-time. Hundreds of thousands have already fallen for Dylan’s music and his videos, but there’s more to this guy than meets the eye.

His latest project will be out soon. In the meantime, Dylan spoke with Popdust via email about the challenges he’s overcome to do what he loves and what he loves about his latest single.


How did you originally get interested in music?

Well, my entire family is musically gifted so it only seemed right! But it really began when my mom started taking me out on the weekends to sing karaoke with her & her friends when I was about 5 or 6, & as I got older, my love for singing grew and I started performing in musical theater when I was in middle school, which gave me enough confidence to eventually post videos of my self singing on youtube.

As a child, you were clinically diagnosed as being deaf. Has that created any challenges that you might have had to overcome working in the music industry?

Growing up and trying to teach myself to play instruments and sing – it was hard to tell if i was on pitch or not because of the way I heard things. It took me years to be able to overcome & figure out my way of working around it, but now that i am older, I’ve become so used to it. In a sense, I don’t really notice it anymore!

You were discovered through your Youtube covers of songs and have quite a following on the platform. Can you talk a little bit about why you started to post videos on there and how it led to you being where you are now?

I really just wanted to see what people thought of all the covers I had been working on in my room so I decided to start uploading, and within a few uploads, I started growing a fanbase! I was so excited that people even noticed me and to my surprise my videos were actually getting the attention of people who have now become my team and changed my life!

You’ve covered some of the top pop songs over the last few years. How have those songs inspired your own music?

After learning so many popular records over the years, I began to form a taste of what I like in a pop record and making those covers definitely helped me understand chord progressions which helped me with my production greatly! But within the making of those videos, a lot of the songs I was covering became long-time favorites that inspire my writing when I’m in the studio.

Let’s talk about your latest song, “Clearly.” What inspired the track?

“Clearly” was inspired by love. Love seems to be lacking in today’s culture and I felt like my first record needed to feel happy. “Clearly” makes you want to sing. When I first heard the beat come on in the studio, it just had such a good vibe. I knew it was gonna end up being special.

“Clearly” is also part of a campaign for the Dance On organizations. What is that and how did you come to work with them?

That came through the labels, so I’m not quite sure about the entire process behind the scenes. They asked if they could use the song to celebrate pride month and since the central message was “Love” I was honored they chose my song to represent their collaboration with Paul Smith. The video captures the mood of the “Clearly” perfectly.

What is coming up next for you?

More music! Been working steady on my album and working on getting some new up to date covers/remixes on my youtube channel!



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Rachel A.G. Gilman is a writer, a radio producer, and probably the girl wearing the Kinks shirt. Visit her website for more.


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RELEASE RADAR | Niall Horan is back with his new single “Too Much To Ask”

One Direction’s Niall Horan wonders if it’s “Too Much To Ask.”

This week’s Release Radar features everyone from Niall Horan who has made a name for himself through his former group One Direction and is venturing into his solo career to Echosmith who is continuing their momentum from “Cool Kid” to indie artists that are lesser known. If you are a music fanatic we’re covering every genre each week. Here’s this week’s line up: Niall Horan, Echosmith, CASPR, Doldrums, Henry Nowhere, WAVVES, Dr. Medicine, Church Girls.


Niall Horan | “Too Much To Ask”

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Since One Direction’s split several years ago, most of the members have seen very successful solo careers proving that each of them stand their own as artists. So there, don’t feel embarrassed for rocking out to your guilty pleasure One Direction song. ZAYN saw much success with his collaboration with Taylor Swift, Harry Styles recently saw the release of a successful album and Niall Horan caught our attention with the sexy, catchy single “Slow Hands.” His debut solo album drops October 20th through Capitol Records, but he’s dropped the single “Too Much To Ask” in anticipation and it’s the perfect breakup anthem. The video perfectly captures the vivid moments just after a break up, seeing another couple, spending time with your friends, and spending time alone. I can’t wait to hear the full album.

Check out the video for “Too Much To Ask” here:

Best for: Self-date complete with Netflix and Halo-top and whatever else you want to eat when you need a night in.

Perfect if you like: Ed Sheeran

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Echosmith | “Dear World”

Echosmith saw early success with their song “Cool Kid” which was 3x Platinum in the US. Native to Southern California, Echosmith began to play music together as soon as they could hold instruments and continued to gig at open mics and farmers markets until they released their first album. They return next Friday with their sophomore album Inside A Dream under the Warner Brothers Label. “Dear World” is a gorgeous ballad about finding your place in the world. The hauntingly accurate lyrics float on the beautifully cinematic piano and guitar parts. The video is whimsical and represents the song so well.

Check out the video for “Dear World Now”

Best for: Switching your summer clothes over to fall.

Perfect if you like: Lady Antebellum

Follow Echosmith on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


Caspr | “Dead Eyes”

Nashville native Caspr’s sultry new tune “Dead Eyes” is everything you ever wanted to tell your ex. On the track he collaborates with artist Hamster and the result is a silky smooth track with punchy jaw-dropping lyrics.

Best for: A night out with friends

Perfect if you like: Calvin Harris

Follow CASPER on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


Doldrums | “Okay”

Doldrums are back and I for one am celebrating. I saw them a few years back at Terminal 5 and I can confirm that they are phenomenal live. Their excellent knack for manipulating and layering sound shines through in their new single. The video seems to be an observation of city life capturing people collapsing into themselves on the MTA and more.

Check out the music video for “Okay” here:

Best for: Your Thursday night commute

Perfect if you like: vulfpeck


Henry Nowhere | “Come Back from LA”

When I heard Henry Nowhere, I feel in love with the dream-like surrealistic vibes of Don’t Care Where which translated over to the second track I heard, “Come Back from LA” which immediately ranked within my favorites this month. If you’ve ever spent time in LA or any big city for that matter you can relate.

Listen to “Come Back from LA” here.

Best for: blasting at brunch

Perfect if you like: Allah-Las

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Wavves | “The Lung”

Wavves just dropped “The Lung” via the Adult Swim singles program. The carefree, upbeat track contrasts with the desperate question the lyrics ask. The track is short but stacked making you want to play it on repeat. Especially the subtle but catchy guitar riff at the end.

Best for: your first autumnal picnic

Perfect if you like: Best Coast

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Dr. Medicine | “Cigarettes”

Dr. Medicine returns with their second EP 3 in the Chamber. One of my favorite tracks from the album is “Cigarettes” which opens on the recognizable sound of lighting a cigarette. The optimistic tone of the guitar quickly contrasts with the attitude of the rhythm creating a confrontational piece. The piece smartly parallels cigarettes with a toxic relationship. Listen to 3 in The Chamber here.

Check out their short film here:

Best for: taking a train ride upstate

Perfect if you like: Radiohead

Follow Dr. Medicine on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


Church Girls | “Better Off”

The four piece group Church Girls is hitting the road to go on tour in alignment with their new album Hildago. After listening, I’m sure they’re ones to watch. My favorite track from the album is “Better Off” the track feels bubbly and uplifting but holds a certain maturity that grounds it — but don’t take my word for it.

Listen to “Better Off” here:

Best for: Road tripping this weekend!

Perfect if you like: Florence and the Machine

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Love this week’s new releases? Check back each week for a new mix.

Anie Delgado is a contributor to Popdust and is an actress and musician based in NYC. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @anie_delgado and on Facebook and check out her music on Spotify.