The Tender Enemy (La Tendre Ennemie)


(out of 5)

The ghost of a long-dead father visits the engagement of his daughter in order to see how well she turned out. While gazing at his still-beautiful widow, he is joined by the ghost of a former circus man with whom the wife was once in love. They each reminisce about their relationship with her, with director Max Ophuls using lovely flashbacks to various stages of romance and misery, until a third visitor chimes in his experiences with the woman in question. This early Ophuls classic sets the stage for the many lovely films that would follow: technically exquisite (the ghost effects are very impressive for their time) without the slightest bit of substance. Very delightful, and delightfully short as well.

Eden Productions

France, 1936

Directed by

Screenplay by , Max Ophuls, based on the novel L’Ennemie by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by


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