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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 »
User Reviews:
Needy for Love and Happiness See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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Soundtrack:
Streichsextett No. 1See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Needy for Love and Happiness, 11 December 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The bored and empty upper-class Jeanne Tournier (Jeanne Moreau) lives in a manor with many servants in the countryside of Dijon with her husband Henri Tournier (Alain Cuny) and their daughter Catherine. Henri is the editor of The Burgundy Monitor and has been married to Jeanne for eight years, but he does not give much attention to his wife. Jeanne travels frequently to the house of her childhood friend Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy (Judith Magre) in Paris to meet her lover, the famous polo player Raoul Flores (José Villalonga).

One day, Henri suspects of the frequent trips of Jeanne to Paris and invites Maggy and Raoul Flores to have dinner and spend the weekend in his mansion. While driving back home from Paris, Jeanne car breaks down and the archaeologist Bernard Dubois-Lambert (Jean-Marc Bory) that is going to Montbard to visit a professor, gives a ride to Jeanne. Henri invites Bernard to stay with them and during the night, he has a love affair with Jeanne. On the next morning, Jeanne decides to go away from Henri, Catherine and Raoul with her new lover.

"Les Amants" is the second film of Louis Malle and I can imagine the impact of this amoral story in 1958, with a mother leaving her daughter to seek true love with her younger lover. The muse of many filmmakers Jeanne Moreau is gorgeous and sensual in the role of a woman ahead her time needy for love and happiness. The cinematography in black and white is wonderful and the open conclusion fits perfectly to this sensual film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Os Amantes" ("The Lovers")

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