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Love on a Pillow (1962)

Le repos du guerrier (original title)
Not Rated | | Romance, Drama | 5 September 1962 (France)
A young girl rescues a man from a suicide attempt. He turns out to be a sociopath, who begins to take over her life, abusing her both verbally and emotionally, yet she can't seem to tear herself away from him.



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Credited cast:
Jacqueline Porel ...
Madame Le Theil - la mère de Geneviève
Jean-Marc Tennberg ...
Le brigadier
Ursula Kubler ...
Christian Melsen ...
Raphaële (as Macha Meril)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Aminel ...
Rôlle indéterminé (voice)


When the Parisian bourgeois Geneviève Le Theil travels to Dijon to resolve outstanding subjects in the inheritance left by her wealthy aunt, she mistakenly opens the door of another room in the hotel, finding a suicidal near death on the bed. Later Geneviève goes to the hospital and is introduced to Renaud Sarti, the nihilistic alcoholic vagrant she saved. Geneviève falls in love for Renaud and brings him to her apartment in Paris, initiating a destructive, masochistic and corrupt relationship with the abusive man. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Romance | Drama


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Release Date:

5 September 1962 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Love on a Pillow  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Renaud Sarti: [Naked in bed] You feel no pleasure.
Geneviève Le Theil: I've never been this happy.
Renaud Sarti: Not really. Don't blush. There are many woman just like you. It's just a matter of time.
Geneviève Le Theil: Yes.
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.22 (1961) See more »

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Beautiful Brigitte Bardot's Finest Effort
31 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Love On a Pillow" is a dubbed French film starring Brigitte Bardot at her most beautiful and alluring. An existentialist writer, artist, and musician from Paris attempts suicide in Dijon. He is saved when a lovely young Parisian girl, in town to claim a substantial inheritance left her by a rich aunt, mistakenly opens his hotel room door and finds him near death from an overdose of sleeping pills. Thereafter, he becomes her responsibility, they fall in love, and his abject alcoholism and stubborn cynicism both torment and liberate her. In the process, we see her transformed from an attractive young woman into a sexy beat hipster, and finally into a ravishing goddess who defines feminine beauty. It is very evident in this film why Bardot was considered one of the most captivating actresses of the early sixties. Particularly toward the end of the movie, there are closeups of her that take your breath away. The film's setting is very interesting, as well -- among artists and jazz musicians in Paris in the early sixties. The score is simple but ethereal. There is one touching scene in a café in Florence where the lovers are momentarily content and at peace. A guitarist approaches their table singing a pretty Italian love ballad. The man appears annoyed, then in a sudden outburst, chases away the musician because "that song has memories." The incident may reveal what is really bothering him. At the conclusion, the film's understated score moves to a poignant crescendo. "Love On a Pillow" is not just a beautiful film. It is easily Bardot's finest effort.

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