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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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
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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 »
Pierre Lachenay (Jean Desailly) is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married to Franca (Nelly Benedetti) and the father of 10-year old Sabine (Sabine Haudepin). He meets stewardess Nicole (Françoise Dorléac) and they start a hidden affair, but Pierre cannot stand staying away from her.
Glenn Heath Jr. called the film "a mesmerizing morality play detailing the machinations of adultery and their deadly consequences." That sums it up. But indeed, the French have become synonymous with love and romance (though it is not clear why, since they are also seen as smelly and hairy). Here we have a story that shows the difficult part of love: aging.
Although not appreciated in its time, the film looks beautiful and is easily on par with "Jules and Jim".
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