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The Good Time Girls (1960)
"Les bonnes femmes" (original title)

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Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

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Bernadette Lafont ...
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Lucile Saint-Simon ...
Pierre Bertin ...
Jean-Louis Maury ...
Albert Dinan ...
Ave Ninchi ...
Sacha Briquet ...
Claude Berri ...
Le copain de Jane
Jean Barclay
Rossana Rossanigo
Dolly Bell ...
La danseuse nue
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France Asselin ...
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Ginette, Rita, Jacqueline and Jane try to find fulfillment and love in their lives. Rita has a fiancé whose family is obsessed with social distinction; Jane has a boy-friend in the army, but does not hesitate to enjoy herself with chance encounters; Ginette has a mysterious passion that keeps her away from her colleagues at nights. Jacqueline is lonely; but who is that mysterious bike-rider who is constantly following her ? Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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$6,578 (USA) (13 August 1999)

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$6,578 (USA) (13 August 1999)
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Caused so much resentment among the public upon its release that some went as far as breaking seats in theaters as sign of protest. See more »

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A slice of lost Parisian life
13 October 2006 | by (Eel Pie Island) – See all my reviews

Just to prove that portraying males as all-negative is nothing new, see Les Bonnes Femmes: the employer with wandering hands, the drippy suitor, his bossy Dad, the snobbish fiancé, the lurking psycho, the bad-jokes bully-boy and his fatty hanger-on, the absent lad on national service. Every one of them is no good. And yet the four shop-assistants are no better, they exist only for the men. Whatever the fellows throw at them, they're up for it. It's a chilling worldview, with a cynical twist at the end, (plus a tacked-on coda that seems to be from another movie). Along the way, there's some really hammy acting from the girls' employer that clashes badly with the realistic mood, and some longueurs as the girls get bored at work and we get bored right along with them. The young Bernadette Lafont is a joy, but she fades out in Reel Three when the lovely Clotilde Joano comes to the fore. Whatever happened to Clotilde? Her subsequent career was undistinguished, and she died at age 42. This is mostly a watchable slice of Paris life from the late 50s, although the Algerians who caused so much mayhem only a few years later are nowhere to be seen.


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