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23 June 1976 (France) See more »
Bored aristocratic Parisian couples begin affairs with each other which only brings trouble. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bruce Dern ... William Brandels

Stéphane Audran ... Claire Brandels

Sydne Rome ... Nathalie

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Jacques Lavolet, l'éditeur

Ann-Margret ... Charlie Minerva

Maria Schell ... Gretel
Francis Perrin ... Robert Sartre
Mauro Parenti

Sybil Danning ... La secrétaire / Secretary
Yvonne Gaudeau ... La mère de Claire / Claire's mother

Charles Aznavour ... Dr. Lartigue

Curd Jürgens ... Le bijoutier / Jeweller

Tomas Milian ... Le détective / Detective
Roland Travers ... Le premier invité (as R. Travers)
Jean Lanier ... Le second invité (as J. Lanier)
A. Berkov ... Le troisième invité
R.J. Mayar ... Le quatrième invité
Jean-Marie Bernicat ... Bookseller (as J.M. Bernicat)
Dominique Zardi ... L'automobiliste / Motorist (as D. Zardi)
Isabelle Mercanton ... L'aubergine / Policewoman (as I. Mercanton)
Jean-François Villemer ... Le pompier (as J.F. Villemer)
Henri Attal ... Un consommateur / Customer
Michèle Kornbluh ... La petite fille de Charlie / Charlie's daughter (as M. Kornbluh)
Jean Cherlian ... Le premier agent / 1st policeman (as J. Cherlian)
Gilbert Servien ... Le second agent / 2nd policeman (as G. Servien)
Lucie Arnold ... Phédre (as L. Arnold)
Louise Rioton ... Oenone (as L. Riotton)
B. Foll ... Hippolyte
Claude Brulé ... Le photographe (as C. Brulé)
Cadine Constan ... Mme Sartre (as C. Constant)
William Morel ... Le déménageur (as W. Morel)
Jacques Chevalier ... Le réceptionniste (as J. Chevalier)
Francis Terzian ... La vision du Dr. Lartigue (as F. Terzian)
Jean-Claude Arnaud ... Le chauffeur de taxi / Taxi driver (as J.C. Arnaud)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Marie Arnoux ... Grocer (uncredited)

Claude Chabrol ... Le client chez l'éditeur (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Chabrol 
Ennio De Concini 
Norman Enfield 
Lucie Faure  novel "Le Malheur fou"

Produced by
Artur Brauner .... co-producer
Ilya Salkind .... producer
Pierre Spengler .... producer
Original Music by
Manuel De Sica 
Cinematography by
Jean Rabier 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
Art Direction by
Maurice Sergent 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Agostini .... camera operator
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
Roger Robert .... key grip
Other crew
Alexander Salkind .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"Folies bourgeoises" - France (original title)
"Twist" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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107 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Claude Chabrol himself often defined this title as "the worst film" of his career, stating he was fully aware at the time that the whole project was doomed from the very beginning.See more »


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4 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very boring French comedy, 5 August 2002
Author: Mikew3001 ( from Hamburg, Germany

This is one of Claude Chabrol's weaker films. It's about the same topics as usual - a French high class couple on the country side between hot love affairs, paranoia and domestic catastrophes. While Chabrol can easily make good thrillers, crime dramas and social studies with witty plots with touch of irony, bitterness and sarcasm, he's not good at directing straight comedies like that.

The plot is too confusing, the acting is really bad (especially Maria Schell as a hysterical Swiss house maid), nearly all jokes fall flat, and after a few minutes only this French comedy simply gets on your nerves. Avoid it and rather watch other Chabrol films instead like the brilliant "A Judgement In Stone", "The Butcher", "The Beast Must Die", "The Hatter's Ghost" and the nice Inspector Lavardin crime movies.

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