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Pleasure Party (1975)

Une partie de plaisir (original title)
Phillipe and Esther live an apparently idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss, Phillipe decides that he and Esther should each have affairs, being ... See full summary »

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Danièle Gégauff ...
Esther
Paul Gégauff ...
Philippe
Clémence Gégauff ...
Elise
Paula Moore ...
Sylvia Murdoch
Cécile Vassort ...
Annie
Giancarlo Sisti ...
Habib
Mario Santini ...
Rosco
Michel Valette ...
Katkof
Pierre Santini ...
Michel
Henri Attal ...
Le codétenu
Jean Cherlian
Jacqueline Clément
Alain David
Tony Librizzi
Dominique Marcas
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Phillipe and Esther live an apparently idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss, Phillipe decides that he and Esther should each have affairs, being sure to tell each other openly about them. The plan backfires with tragic results as Phillipe becomes engulfed in jealously. Written by Jim Wade

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A pretty hateful movie
30 January 2017 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

In the cinema of Claude Chabrol the bourgeoisie are distinctly lacking in charm, discreet or otherwise and none more so than Phillipe and Esther, the well-to-do couple at the centre of UNE PARTIE DE PLAISIR, who, at Phillipe's insistence, decide to have an open marriage but when Esther looks like she's falling for the first guy she sleeps with, Phillipe gets very jealous indeed.

The territory is, of course, typically Chabrolian but what makes this movie interesting as well as creepy and finally very unpleasant is that it would appear to explore the disintegrating marriage of its stars Paul Gegauff and Daniele Gegauff. Paul wrote the film in what appears to be a kind of exorcism though neither 'actor' rises above the one-dimensional. Nevertheless, Chabrol definitely embraces them treating them with more respect than either of them deserves. It may fit perfectly into Chabrol's world view of things but it's still a pretty hateful movie.


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