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Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow. She is happy because World War I is over and she is ... See full summary »

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Jean Lavigne
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Veuve Couderc Tati
Ottavia Piccolo ...
Félicie
Jean Tissier ...
Henri
Monique Chaumette ...
Françoise
Boby Lapointe ...
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Jean-Pierre Castaldi
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Robert Favart
André Rouyer ...
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Le colonel croix-de-feu
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Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow. She is happy because World War I is over and she is enjoying being in control of the farm. And then she hires the handsome stranger who helped her carry the new incubator for chicks from the bus and across the canal. In the house by the canal with the job of raising and lowering the bridge for passing boats lives the widow's envious sister-in-law along with husband and nubile daughter. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Not a classic, but a fine 'little' film
9 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

1971's La Veuve Couderc aka The Widow Couderc is a small but effective adaptation of a Georges Simenon novel uniting Alain Delon and Simone Signoret in a doomed romance in a less than idyllic provincial farm in the mid-30s. Rather than the whodunnits the author is most famous for, it's a character piece, with Delon's escaped convict taking a job as handyman on Signoret's farm and drifting into an affair with her that doesn't stop him having a fling with the local good-time-had-by-all girl next door. Between neighborhood gossip and Signoret's neighbors and former in-laws' determination to get her farm by hook or by crook, there are no prizes for guessing it'll end badly for all concerned. It's certainly strange to see Le Pen supporter Delon in a film that makes a few passing jabs at pre-WW2 French fascism even if the film is more concerned with people than politics. Director Pierre Granier-Deferre good eye for detail and there's a nice, wistful score from Philippe Sarde that plays like a more restrained dry run for his more overtly romantic work on La Choses de la Vie.

Sadly the subtitling in LionsGate's new DVD goes spectacularly off in the final caption, which is not only horribly mistranslated but even manages to change the year 1922 into 1992!


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