Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

France/Italy, 1960.  Paris Film, Panitalia.  Scenario and adaptation by , adaptation by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Claude Chabrol drama about the sordid night lives of Parisian female store clerks (how does this tiny store make money with so many employees?) One is trying to make it as a cabaret performer when she’s not at the store ( in an early appearance), another has an unfortunate attraction to really bad guys, and another has started seeing a guy who seems nice but might turn out not to be. The dialogue is bitingly funny, the photography hypnotic and Chabrol’s direction the sign of good things to come.

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