Un homme et une femme
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for A Man and a Woman can be found here.

What is the movie about?

After the death of her husband during one of his film stunts, Anne Gauthier (Anouk Aimée) meets race car driver Jean-Louis Duroc (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and the two fall in love...until Anne realizes that she can't forget her love for her deceased husband.

No. The screenplay for A Man and a Woman was written by screenwriter Pierre Hytterhoeven and French film maker Claude Lelouch (who also directed the movie) following an experience Lelouch had watching a woman with a boy and a dog walking along the beach at Deauville in the early morning hours. A sequel, Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà (A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later) was released in 1986 with Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant reprising their roles as Anne Gautier and Jean-Louis Duroc.

The movie was filmed in French. However, various DVDs can be found that contain either English subtitles or English dubbing (or both).

Franoise (Souad Amidou) is Anne's daughter with the late Pierre Gauthier (Pierre Barouh). Antoine (Antoine Sire) is Jean-Louis' son with his late wife Valerie (Valérie Lagrange). Both children attend boarding school in Deauville.

Where is Deauville?

Deauville is a small town on the French side of the English channel, across the bay from LeHavre. A map of France showing Deauville's location can be found here.

In the 1960s, the Monte Carlo Rally was a road rally held on highways open to normal traffic. The cars in the race are road quality, not specially-made race cars. The starting points differ (in the movie, the starting points are Rheims, Oslo, Minsk, London, Athens, Lisbon, and Hamburg), and each route is carefully mapped out between starting point and the terminus in Monte Carlo. Timing is also predetermined, and there are check points along the way to determine whether or not a car reaches the checkpoint at its optimum time, i.e., not too early and not too late. The emphasis is not on speed but on accurate timing, navigation, and vehicle reliability. It's a feather in the cap of any manufacturer whose car finishes the race successfully and dependably.

1966 Mustang. All of his cars were Mustangs of one sort or another.

Finland's Pauli Toivonen and Ensio Mikander, driving a Citron, took first place. Second place went to Ren Trautmann and J Hanrioud, driving a Lancia Flavia. In third place was O Andersson and O Dahlgren, also driving a Lancia Flavia.

In a commentary on the DVD, director Claude Lelouch explains that it was for budget reasons. A producer paid for some color film but not all, so he decided to shoot as many of the exterior scenes in color as possible and use B&W for the interior scenes.

...Anne is describing her husband's trip to Brazil: Samba Saravah

...Anne is walking in the park and Jean-Louis is driving in the Monte Carlo rally: Aujourd'hui c'est toi (Today, it's You)

...when Anne and Jean-Louis are making love: A l'ombre de nous (In our Shadow)

...when Anne is packing to return to Paris: Plus Fort Que Nous (Stronger than Us)

How does the movie end?

When Anne finds herself thinking of Pierre while making love to Jean-Louis, she decides it would be best to end their relationship and return to Paris. Jean-Louis delivers her to the train station then drives like a demon to Paris so that he can be there when she arrives. Anne is surprised to see him standing on the platform and rushes into his waiting arms.

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