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The Soft Skin (1964)
"La peau douce" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  20 April 1964 (France)
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Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Desailly ...
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Nicole (as Françoise Dorleac)
Nelly Benedetti ...
Daniel Ceccaldi ...
Clément
Laurence Badie ...
Ingrid
Philippe Dumat ...
Directeur cinéma Reims
Paule Emanuele ...
Odile
Maurice Garrel ...
Bontemps
Sabine Haudepin ...
Sabine Lachenay
Dominique Lacarrière ...
La secrétaire Dominique
Jean Lanier ...
Michel
Pierre Risch ...
Chanoine
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Maurice Magalon
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Pierre Lachenay, a middle-aged, well-known publisher and lecturer, is married to Franca, an unbalanced woman, and father of Sabine, a 10-year-old girl. While traveling to Lisbon for a lecture, Pierre Lachenay has a one night stand with Nicole, the Panair do Brasil air stewardess. He wants to see her again and again, they travel to Reims together, and Pierre hides the affair from his family, mostly to spare his daughter the anguish of a separation. Nicole is taking it lightly but Pierre, misunderstanding her feelings and expectations, decides to live with her. The couple's break-up leads to a tragic end. Written by Artemis-9

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The Eternal Triangle At Its Most Eternal

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The scenes set in Pierre Lachenay's apartment were filmed in Truffaut's own home. See more »

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Pierre and Nicole are in a hotel elevator approaching the 8th floor, Pierre is on the right side. The following shot from outside the elevator shows Pierre on the opposite side. See more »

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Referenced in Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

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Symphonie de Jouets (Toy Symphony)
by Leopold Mozart (as Haydn)
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expert on Balzac falls for flight attendant
23 July 2013 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A French expert on Balzac (Jean Desailly) falls for an attractive flight attendant (Francoise Dorleac) after first seeing her on a flight from Paris to Lisbon. When seeing the film it seems as if Desailly's character is not necessarily Dorleac's character's type as he looks a bit pudgy and middle-aged and she's anything but. That does play into the he-got-in-over-his-head plot that slowly works its way through when his wife (Nelly Benedetti) discovers the affair and memorably takes matters into her own hands. Desailly's character, for all its supposed brilliance about French literature, (he gives a great lecture explaining to an eager audience that Balzac wrote so prolifically because he needed the money) allows himself to get too swept up in this affair rather than playing it cool in order to keep the wife and the sexy girlfriend. A dramatic climax conclusively ends a film that seems to, if not crawl, move a bit deliberatively. However, it has some great moments, such as a trip to Rheims which brings in some interesting characters. Hard not to recommend this film,especially for Desailly's great part, and for the ending.


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