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The Unfaithful Wife (1969)
"La femme infidèle" (original title)

M  -  Drama  -  10 November 1969 (USA)
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Charles Desvallées has good reasons to believe that his wife is cheating on him and hires a P.D. in order to prove himself right. Once he knows the lover is writer Victor Pégala, he drives ... See full summary »

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Michel Duchaussoy ...
Police Officer Duval
Maurice Ronet ...
Louise Chevalier ...
Maid
Louise Rioton ...
Mamy, Charles'mother-in Law
Serge Bento ...
Bignon
Henri Marteau ...
Paul
Guy Marly ...
Police Officer Gobet
François Moro-Giafferi ...
Frederic
Albert Minski ...
King Club owner (as Albert Minsky)
Dominique Zardi ...
Truck driver
Michel Charrel ...
Policeman
Henri Attal ...
Man in cafe
Jean-Marie Arnoux ...
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Charles Desvallées has good reasons to believe that his wife is cheating on him and hires a P.D. in order to prove himself right. Once he knows the lover is writer Victor Pégala, he drives to his apartment, calmly presents himself as the husband, starts a conversation and then kills him cold-bloodedly. The police trace the wife but when she discovers by accident a picture that could incriminate her husband she decides to remain silent. Written by Bernard Dionne <guero@globetrotter.net>

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The Desvallées house furniture was supplied by Raoul Guiraud. See more »

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Chabrol's brilliant first attempt at a 'Madame Bovary'.
19 February 2001 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

'The Unfaithful Wife' is really about a faithful husband, who will kill to save his marriage. This kind of fidelity is a chilling exercise of power - the film's many point-of-view shots are mostly his - with adultery a rebellion, a bid for freedom that must be crushed. It's not enough that Charles uncovers his wife's lover, he must sit on the bed they make love on, drink the same drink...

Chabrol's most perfect film, where character inertia is expressed in blatant artifice, both in the home and in 'nature'; where a materialist filming of materialists conceals an austere spirituality, embodied in those Fateful policemen. Like his namesake Bovary, Charles sleeps when his exquisitely beautiful wife offers herself to him. He deserves what he gets.


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