A Man and a Woman (1966)
"Un homme et une femme" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  12 July 1966 (USA)
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A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens' boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow/widower. Each is slow ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Jean-Louis Duroc (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Pierre Barouh ...
Pierre Gauthier
Valérie Lagrange ...
Valerie Duroc
Antoine Sire ...
Antoine Duroc (as Antoine)
Souad Amidou ...
Françoise Gauthier (as Souad)
Henri Chemin ...
Jean-Louis' Codriver
Yane Barry ...
Mistress of Jean-Louis
Paul Le Person ...
Garage Man
Simone Paris ...
Head Mistress
Gérard Sire ...


A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens' boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow/widower. Each is slow to reveal anything personal so that each revelation is hidden by a misperception. They become friends, then close friends, and then she reveals that she can't have a lover because, for her, her husband's memory is still too strong. Much of the film is told wordlessly in action, or through hearing one of their thoughts as they go about their day. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The magazine Jean-Louis Duroc was reading, as his son drove the Ford Mustang, is the October 29, 1965 issue of Time magazine. The picture on the cover was that of Bill Moyers, with the heading of " The Young Man Next To The President". See more »


Jean-Louis Duroc: Some Sundays start well and end badly. It's hard to believe- It's crazy to refuse happiness. If I had to go through this again, What would I do? Is there anything else I could do? To see her for months on end as a pal. What happens? You end up being pals, maybe. She wired, 'I love you.' Admit it boy, you just don't understand women.
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À l'ombre de nous
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Pierre Barouh
Performed by Pierre Barouh
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a masterpiece
10 February 2005 | by (Leuven, Belgium) – See all my reviews

It is so refreshing to watch a movie like this one. Those comparing it with Hollywood standards such as the density of the plot, the stunts or 'the sex scene' would be wise to take another look. Such standards cannot be applied here. Lelouch plays with colors, objects, and our natural capacity for associative memory to tell us what is neither written nor spoken. The main actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée master the art of expressing the message. Dialogs are far from poor, but the meaning sometimes has to be found in their tone, their breaks, their pace or, again, the characters' play. What would be cinema for if these were useless ?

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