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La femme infidèle (1969)

A man begins to believe his wife is cheating on him.

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Michel Duchaussoy ...
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Louise Chevalier ...
Maid
Louise Rioton ...
Mamy, Charles'mother-in Law
Serge Bento ...
Bignon
Henri Marteau ...
Paul
Guy Marly ...
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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A Psycho-Sexual Study in Murder!

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10 November 1969 (USA)  »

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The cinema that Charles drives by advertises Les Biches (1968), which was Claude Chabrol's previous film. See more »

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Brigitte is always wearing the same frock, despite the passage of several days. See more »

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The civilized art of murder.
4 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

"La Femme Infidele" is arguably Claude Chabrol's finest film and certainly one of the masterpieces of sixties French cinema. The adulterous wife is, yes you've guessed it, Stephane Audran and Michel Bouquet is the cuckolded husband who decides to confront his wife's lover, Maurice Ronet, with fatal results. Perhaps the gentle art of murder has never been as gentle or as artful as here. I don't think I've ever seen killers, victims or those caught in-between behave in such a civilized manner. The performances are brilliant, the script a constant delight and Chabrol's direction is pitch-perfect. Not to be missed.


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