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Les amants
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Release Date:
26 October 1959 (USA) See more »
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THIS WAS HER MOMENT!...and nothing else mattered! See more »
Plot:
Bored with her husband, bored with her polo-playing lover, will the middle-aged heroine go away with... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Jeanne Moreau ... Jeanne Tournier
Jean-Marc Bory ... Bernard Dubois-Lambert
Judith Magre ... Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Raoul Flores (as José Villalonga)
Gaston Modot ... Coudray
Pierre Frag
Michèle Girardon ... La secrétaire
Gib Grossac
Lucienne Hamon ... Chantal
Georgette Lobre ... Marthe
Claude Mansard ... Marcelot (as Claude Mansart)
Alain Cuny ... Henri Tournier
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Jean-Claude Brialy ... Un garçon a manège (uncredited)
Patricia Maurin ... Catherine, fille de Jeanne (uncredited)
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Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
Louise de Vilmorin (dialogue)

Dominique Vivant  novel "Point de Lendemain" (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Henri Decaë (director of photography) (as Henri Decae)
 
Film Editing by
Léonide Azar 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Evein 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Saulnier 
 
Makeup Department
Gisèle Jacquin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Irénée Leriche .... production manager
Hubert Mérial .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Cavalier .... assistant director
François Leterrier .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Merangel .... property master
 
Sound Department
Pierre-André Bertrand .... sound engineer (as Pierre Bertrand)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Bouladoux .... key grip
Vincent Rossell .... photographer
André Villard .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Madeleine Bibollet .... assistant editor
Kenout Peltier .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Serge Baudo .... conductor
Johannes Brahms .... composer: theme music
 
Other crew
Francine Corteggiani .... script girl
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les amants" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:90 min | Canada:88 min (Québec)
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After screening this film, Nico Jacobellis, manager of the Heights Art Theater in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was charged with and convicted of possessing and exhibiting an obscene film. He appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court, which overturned the convictions, ruling that the film was not obscene. In a concurring opinion, Justice Potter Stewart made his famous pronouncement concerning what was pornography: "I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that." Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964) (Stewart, J., concurring).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Good Morning (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
Streichsextett No. 1See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A love thornbird still searching her destination, 8 April 2004
Author: shu-fen from Hong Kong, China

Crazy about French movies ever since I started watching them. The black and white is more appropriate than colour for French film, very captivating and unreal.

What can you say about the French people? Desperados and aficionados of romance and love. Hopelessly romantics.

Simple story told like a poem regardless of any moral criticism, there is no such thing call moral or immoral in the realm of art. Art is a rival to moral, it allows all sorts of existences. In this movie, the sin is adultery but no one cares to condemn it, the pursuit of love takes it all. The love scene might be stunning to the audience in late 50s France, but definitely not today. Jeanne Moreau somehow took a bold step. Anyway, she is radiating gloriously in superb cinematography.

Jeanne Tournier married to a well-off provincial newspaper owner for eight years. She has a daughter, a polo-playing lover and a big bunch of acid-tongued snobbish Parisian friends. Nevertheless, she is bored about living in such a polite society. Finally when Bernard, a young student whom she has known just for a few hours, enters into her life, just after solely one night's time in her husband's villa with him, she decides to leave with him into the uncertain future the very next morning.

Several lyrical scenes impress me a great deal. Their nightly accidental encounter at the garden. Jeanne is illuminating the dimness, she looks like a mystic fairy seducing Bernard. Another one is the astonishing look of her friend when she sees them leaving together. The most memorable is the very last scene, they drive and drive into uncertain.

The map shown at the beginning and the voice-over at the end may be something like a warning. However, when two lovers in love that they can sacrifice everything for the romance in such a desperate fashion, nothing is threatening. Feminists or women who are fighting for their freedom would be clapping their hands… she's got guts.

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