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Wedding in Blood (1973)
"Les noces rouges" (original title)

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Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre's wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne's ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Claude Piéplu ...
Paul Delamare
Clotilde Joano ...
Clotilde Maury
Eliana De Santis ...
Hélène Chevalier, Lucienne's daughter
François Robert ...
Daniel Lecourtois ...
Prefet / Department governor
Pippo Merisi ...
Ermanno Casanova ...
Le conseiller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henri Berger
Maurice Fourré
Philippe Fourré
Gilbert Servien


Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre's wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne's husband holds no excitement for her, and he is always away in Paris on business. Pierre is now the vice-mayor, thanks to Paul. Lucienne and Pierre have a secret meeting spot by a lake along a country lane. Pierre's wife dies suddenly, by suicide the town gossips believe. Pierre confesses otherwise to Lucienne. Paul proposes a shady land deal which will "benefit the town", and wants Pierre's political support and collusion. Then Paul discovers proof of his wife's affair... Written by David Carless

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12 April 1973 (France)  »

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Another dark and measured gem from Claude Chabrol
21 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Taking an affair as its starting point Les Noces Rouges gives off first impression of being slightly conventional stuff, but as it creeps along, Claude Chabrol's masterful grasp of character and performance turn it into quite the gripping item, perhaps near classic in fact. The two main characters are Lucienne and Pierre, Lucienne wife of the mayor in a small French town and Pierre the vice major. While these two lovers seek to be with each other, to make love and be free Paul, the slightly crooked major is on the verge of an important land deal and Pierre's wife, the sickly and sympathetic Clotilde resides at home. One can somewhat sympathise with Lucienne and Pierre, Paul seems more interested in business than his wife and is away a lot, whilst Clotilde seems to be not much of a wife for an outgoing and amorous man, seeing as how she is ill and bedridden whenever she is seen. The scenes of lovemaking are vigorous and the small town portrayed with a keen sense of parochial life and beauty, though the focus of the film is tight Chabrol does not neglect the setting, it is an attractive place well captured by cinematographer Jean Rabier, especially the lovers lakeside meeting place. The sense of sympathy towards the characters is a great boon to the film as their behaviour worsens, one can understand their starting point and so their descent into dark deeds is all the more nastily compelling, but also sad. Stéphane Audran is typically fine as Lucienne, seeking passion and control but tinged with doubt and subdued feeling, while Michel Piccoli is equally good as the more obviously controlled Pierre. Claude Piéplu gives as good as both of the former though and his discovery of their treachery makes for one of the best scenes of the film. Add to all this a classic suspense sequence and the potent finale, great ironic work with the bare minimum of fuss and no unnecessary words and the film easily finds its way to greatness, in my book at any rate. Well recommended, a beautifully wrought and impactful work likely to please anyone who has the patience for its measured paced charm.

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