Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: La Femme Infidele
Italy/France, 1969. Cinegai S.p.A., Les Films de la Boétie. Screenplay by Claude Chabrol. Cinematography by Jean Rabier. Produced by Ander Genoves, Felice Testa Gay. Music by Pierre Jansen. Production Design by Guy Littaye. Costume Design by Maurice Albray. Film Editing by Jacques Gaillard. National Board of Review Awards 1969.
Stéphane Audran is fantastic in this Hitchcockian thriller with a very subtle rhythm. She plays the philandering wife of a Parisian businessman whose spouse is getting increasingly wise to her infidelity. When he decides to finally pursue the matter, dire results follow. With quiet ease, director Chabrol manages to create an unsettling portrait of jealousy that he pulls off without a trace of obvious effort. The film was the basis for the American film Unfaithful starring Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez, and surprisingly, the Hollywood version upped the character development instead of dumbing it down.