La Truite (1982)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

France, 1982, , , .  Adaptation by , Joseph Losey, dialogue by Monique Lange, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Sometimes enjoyable but mostly obscure melodrama made in France by celebrated British filmmaker Joseph Losey.  Isabelle Huppert is terrific as a married woman who decides on the spur of the moment to leave her high school sweetheart husband and take off with a rich businessman ().  She follows her lover to Japan and becomes his high-class mistress, constantly seeking a more exciting life but eventually feeling the guilt of whom she has hurt to achieve her wild fantasy. Meanwhile, her husband () is having an affair with her boyfriend’s business associate (), a sad reality that takes Cassel’s wife (, as always stunning) to an emotional plane with dire consequences. The staid pacing and flat cinematography will turn all but the most devoted viewers off, and even Huppert’s fans won’t get that much out of it.

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