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Les ruses du diable (Neuf portraits d'une jeune fille) (1966)

Ginette Chaluzac, who has left Central France for Paris, now works as a seamstress in a modest workshop in the Marais district. Her life is quiet and uneventful until the day when, to her ... See full summary »

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Geneviève Thénier ...
Ginette Chaluzac
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Daniel
Danièle Ajoret ...
Solange
Nicole Courcel ...
La patronne de la guinguette
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L'antiquaire
Marc Johannes ...
Le pied-bot
Georges Beauvilliers ...
Julien
Roger Blin ...
Monsieur de Beaurepaire
Andrée Tainsy ...
La mère de Ginette
Germaine de France ...
Mariette
Marie Déa ...
Mme Marcelle
Hélène Surgère ...
La femme du psychiatre
Jacques Harden
Micheline Bona
Claude Evrard
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Ginette Chaluzac, who has left Central France for Paris, now works as a seamstress in a modest workshop in the Marais district. Her life is quiet and uneventful until the day when, to her surprise, she receives a letter containing a hundred-franc banknote. The sender, who remains anonymous, renews his gift day after day and Ginette grows accustomed to the situation. Her material situation improves but after a while she starts asking herself questions about the one who sends her the money and his/her intentions. Till obsession. To make it clear in her mind she eventually decides to investigate... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Ginette Va En Bateau
29 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Although considered "the other new wave" by some critics,"Les Ruses Du Diable" (the devil's trick ) is actually very close to the "true" new wave :a vague screenplay ,filming on location,and ,like "Cleo De 5 à 7" ,the cast and credits are in color whereas the rest of the movie is in black and white .What makes a difference with the Young Turks ,is that the cult of youth is not so glaring:the most interesting scenes show the Young dressmaker's apprentice 's relationship with an old lady (who will come back in a fantasy sequence) and a strange metaphor with the rose (influenced by Ronsard's poetry?) But as for the rest ,it's N.W. from start to finish: the apprentice receives banknotes by mail and she wonders who and why she would be given so much money;she investigates and we follow her,as she rambles through the Streets of the town ,and then in the country,where her mother reveals family secrets .It's sometimes relatively interesting,often tedious .The mysterious ending may confuse the average viewer.

There are guest stars: Michel Piccoli ,but he has almost nothing to do,Jean_Claude Drouot -the brats'hero,"Thierry La Fronde" ,who also played in Agnes Varda's "Le Bonheur" and Chabrol's "La Rupture" (IMHO ,his best part), here cast as a casual lover,afraid to lose his wife and family.


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