Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
France/Italy, 1968. Les Films de la Boétie, Alexandra Produzioni Cinematografiche. Scenario and dialogue by Paul Gegauff, Claude Chabrol. Cinematography by Jean Rabier. Produced by Andre Genoves. Music by Pierre Jansen. Production Design by Marc Berthier. Costume Design by Michel Albray. Film Editing by Jacques Gaillard.
A confident, fashionable woman in 1960s Paris (Stéphane Audran) picks up a beautiful painter and starts an affair with her, only to lose her to a male rival (Jean-Louis Trintignant). This chic drama by Claude Chabrol isn’t particularly energetic or interesting, but it does feature natural dialogue and terrific acting, not to mention bright and beautiful photography. Audran (then Mrs. Chabrol) is striking, and the film’s subject matter must have caused a minor stir of its own during its time. Now it’s downright tame, but not forgettable.
Berlin Film Festival Award: Best Actress (Stephane Audran)