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A Man and a Woman (1966)

Un homme et une femme (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 12 July 1966 (USA)
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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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 ...
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Gérard Sire ...
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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 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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Trivia

The race scene about 53 minutes into the film, is the 1964, 24 Hours of Le Mans. The actor Jean-Louis Trintignant's (Jean-Louis Duroc) uncle is in this race, driving a Maserati Tipo 151/1, #2. He is Maurice Trintignant, a Grand Prix and sports cars racer. He won eleven Grand Prix races (some non-points races) and the 1954, 24 Hours of Le Mans. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Plus fort que nous
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Pierre Barouh
Performed by Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh
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The pleasure is all mine
25 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm a total sucker for foreign films from the 1960s, even though I have not seen as many as I should.

This is one of the best, in my experience. Nothing really happens, but the chemistry between the leads, the strangely non-nominated soundtrack and the overall atmosphere make it completely memorable and worthwhile. I am glad it did well at the Oscars and that its gained a certain amount of 'classic' status. There are probably critics who didn't think it was a big deal, too.

Several of the scenes seemed improvised, like the one where the leads are in a café with their children.

Can't wait to see it again. 10/10.


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