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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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15 January 1975 (France)  »

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One of cinema's least lovely characters.
8 June 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

Although from his great mid-period of domestic murder mysteries, UNE PARTIE DE PLAISIR is closer to Chabrol's later L'ENFER in its study of repressive, destructive male egotism. This virtually plotless film is almost impossible to watch, as we follow an unappealing, 'cultivated', bully humiliate and grind down his lover. His dictating of her life and sexual activity is a sublimation of his flagging power as he reaches middle-aged impotence. Engimatic treatment of class and professional status too.

Very much like Varda's LE BONHEUR, as a real-life couple in charming pastoral settings set to civilised classical music play out nasty fable. Whether the story turns into a Bressonian study of redemption is unclear.


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