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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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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 »
Soundtrack:
Streichsextett No. 1See more »

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Desperate Housewife?????, 7 September 2008
Author: jsobre-1 (jsobre@satx.rr.com) from United States

As a twenty-something, I saw this film with my boyfriend of the time, and as soon as it was over, we rushed home to do it ourselves. In the early-to-mid sixties, "Les Amants" was eroticism that was certainly explicit--albeit tastefully explicit, to our naive eyes. Made when Malle was twenty-five, with the young Jeanne Moreau, to the romantic Sextette that Brahams wrote when he was 27, this was the perfect sexy romance for its time and place.

I just saw it again, now watching as a sixty-something in an age in which "Les Amants" would probably get an R rating--and a tame one. I'm jaded too. It's hard to feel much sympathy for a desperate housewife of the upper middle class as she battles ennui. But the love sequence is still a knockout. You can't stop to think about it as the lovers, who as yet barely know each other except for their terrific physical attraction, go from garden-to-boat- to bedroom; it's still erotic in its implication. the garden is too lovely to be true, the boat is white and clean, and Moreau wears her pearl necklace throughout, but the message of a woman who has only known pedestrian sex being introduced for the first time to the Real Thing rang a bell with me (I had a similar experience, minus the garden, the pearls and the boat). I sat there bawling my head off-- with nostalgia this time for an unrecoverable experience-- through the whole sequence.

But the ending also rings true. What do you do when you come up for air?

From one of the interviews on the CD, I learned that the plot was based on an 18th century story, and I can readily see that, just as could see the fin-de-siècle Viennese origin of Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut." In neither case does the contemporary updating of the tales make them any less effective.

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