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A Gentle Woman (1969)
"Une femme douce" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  27 May 1971 (USA)
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A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to... See full summary »

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Elle
Guy Frangin ...
Luc, son mari
Jeanne Lobre ...
Anna, la bonne
Claude Ollier ...
Le médecin
Jacques Kébadian ...
Le dragueur
Gilles Sandier ...
Le maire
Dorothée Blanck ...
L'infirmière (as Dorothée Blank)
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A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to his. Disgusted with his attempts to dominate her, she considered murdering him, but found herself unable to do it... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Robert Bresson chose Dominique Sanda just as a result of her first voice call. See more »

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(at about 18 minutes) Guy and Dominique swap places in their cinema seats before they are actually seen to do so in the final shot of that scene. See more »

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Version of Krotkaya (1960) See more »

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29 May 2008 | by (japan) – See all my reviews

Bresson's vision is honest. No wonder his works gonna be so disturbing all the time. It's like some kind of a weapon, will shot through some people's guts. A people like Elle's husband. He is an interesting person.

He's gonna try to explain all about her, so we expect as well, what exactly the cause was? What's happen to them? Mostley Elle. But he couldn't explain clearly what's happened exactly. Cos he explain about her which he knew, but won't explain which don't know about her. Maybe that's the point. What Bresson wanted to express.

Not enough lines, but silence speaks. It speaks like a knife. Sanda is very attractive, her appearance sharpened it.


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