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Just Before Nightfall (1971)
"Juste avant la nuit" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  31 March 1971 (France)
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Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games ... See full summary »

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François Périer ...
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Jeannot
Dominique Zardi ...
Prince
Henri Attal ...
Cavanna
Paul Temps ...
Bardin
Daniel Lecourtois ...
Dorfmann
Clelia Matania ...
Celia ...
Jacqueline
Pascal Gillot ...
Auguste Masson
Brigitte Périn ...
Joséphine Masson
Marcel Gassouk ...
Barman
Anna Douking ...
Roger Lumont ...
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Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games goes too far. Dazed, Charles walks out of the borrowed apartment in Paris and soon bumps into François in a nearby bistro. They drive back together to Versailles, where they have beautiful neighboring houses designed by François. The owner of the apartment had seen Laura and Charles together two months earlier, but she does not tell the police on the advice of François. Even though the police do not seem to have any clues to the crime, Charles has a difficult time coping with the situation, and trying to live a normal life with his two children and loving wife Hélène. Written by Will Gilbert

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A middle-class morality tale, a compassionate study of a murderer
8 November 1999 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

An extraordinary film. Chabrol turns his keen eye and powers of observation to middle-class morality and psychological torment, never losing his rich sense of humor. The characters are complex and their motivations not always easy to discern. Chabrol views them caustically but also with compassion. It is part of a series of several terrific films he made between 1968 and 1973. Most fans of Chabrol consider this his pre-eminent period, and this film one of his very best.


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