Love Stinks: ‘Life’s a Bitch’

‘Life’s a Bitch’

“‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
—Alfred Lord Tennyson.

“Love isn’t there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure.”
—Hermann Hesse.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
—William Shakespeare.

Oh screw it. In the immortal words of Peter Wolf and the J. Geils Band, “Love stinks.”

Life’s a Bitch, the rapid-fire short by Montreal filmmaker François Jaros, could easily have been called Love’s a Bastard, but his title (Toutes des connes in its original French) is telling in a different way. For Phil (Guillaume Lambert, who is also the screenwriter), love defines life, both in its bloom and its absence. Life’s a Bitch is all about the anguish of its absence.

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