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The Breach (1970)

La rupture (original title)
Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's ... See full summary »

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Ludovic Régnier
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Pierre Gualdi
Harry Kümel
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Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's condition and vow to win custody of Michel. While the boy is in hospital, Helene rents a room in a boarding house nearby. The Regniers hire Paul Thomas, a family acquaintance who needs money, to find dirt on Helene before the court hearing on custody. Paul moves into the boarding house and, with the help of his girlfriend Sonia, who rarely wears clothes, plots to ruin Helene's reputation and then her very life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Claude Chabrol once stated that the bus scene where Hélène (his wife Stéphane Audran) tells her family's story to the lawyer (Michel Duchaussoy) was the occasion when he finally thought that Stéphane had become an actress. See more »

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Paul Thomas: Let me do something for you. Let me take you to the airport, then I'll know you've forgiven me. Please!
Hélène Régnier: No, I won't.
Paul Thomas: Don't be spiteful. Understand me, I know you're not mean.
Hélène Régnier: No, I can't afford the luxury.
[is about to leave]
Paul Thomas: [grabbing Hélène] What do you mean? Come, tell me or I'll never forgive myself!
Hélène Régnier: [trying to free herself and leave] Don't be stupid! It won't be a disaster if I go alone!
Paul Thomas: Hélène, don't go, it's impossible!
[eventually lets her go]
Hélène Régnier: [whiny] Oooohhh...
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A Masterpiece of Human Cruelty and Sordidness
3 February 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the aspirant writer Charles Régnier (Jean-Claude Drouot), who is drug addicted and mentally ill, throws his four year-old son Michel against the kitchen wall in a rage attack, his wife Hélène (Stéphane Audran) defends her son and herself, hitting Charles several times with a frying pan. Her neighbor takes Hélène and Michel to the hospital and the boy has to be interned with a broken leg and concussion. Hélène works as bartender and has supported her family alone since her wealthy father-in-law Ludovic Régnier (Michel Bouquet) hates that Charles has married with someone uneducated from the lower classes. Hélène finds a low-budget boarding house nearby the hospital and rents a simple room to be close to her beloved son. Further, she hires a lawyer to get the divorce and the custody of Michel. Ludovic is advised by his lawyer that Hélène would win the custody and he hires the lowlife Paul Thomas (Jean- Pierre Cassel), who is totally broken and desperately needs money, to find dirt evidences against the Hélène. The vile Paul lures Hélène telling that he is very ill and moves to the boarding house. After a while, he does not find anything against Hélène and he decides to fabricate evidences to destroy her reputation. But things do not work as planned.

I have seen many excellent films of the master of suspense Claude Chabrol, but "La Rupture" is probably the best film I have seen of this French director and a masterpiece of human cruelty and sordidness. Chabrol usually criticizes the bourgeois class in his movies, and the fight between classes is shown in "La Rupture", with a sharp demonstration of how destructive the prejudice and the power of money may be. The plot presents wealthy characters; some of them are just glanced like the actor in the boarding house but everyone has an important role in the dark story. Paul Thomas is among the most despicable villains I have ever seen, with his corrupted soul. I could write pages about this masterpiece but instead, I prefer to recommend to viewers of good taste to see it. My vote is ten.

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