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The Man Who Loved Women (1977)

L'homme qui aimait les femmes (original title)
Bertrand Morane's burial is attended by all the women the forty-year-old engineer loved. We then flash back to Bertrand's life and love affairs, told by himself while writing an ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Morane
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Geneviève Bigey
Nelly Borgeaud ...
Delphine Grezel
Geneviève Fontanel ...
Hélène (as Genevieve Fontanel)
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Véra
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Martine Desdoits
Valérie Bonnier ...
Fabienne (as Valerie Bonnier)
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Docteur Bicard
Sabine Glaser ...
Bernadette
Henri Agel ...
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Chantal Balussou
Nella Barbier ...
Liliane, la Karateka
Anne Bataille ...
La jeune femme à la robe frangée
Martine Chassaing ...
Denise
Ghylaine Dumas ...
La seconde employée 'Midi-Car'
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Bertrand Morane's burial is attended by all the women the forty-year-old engineer loved. We then flash back to Bertrand's life and love affairs, told by himself while writing an autobiographical novel. A film about romantic relationships, the need to charm, and the literary creation. Written by Yepok and Brian McInnis

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François Truffaut wrote the first draft of this script on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). See more »

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Bertrand Morane: There even were pills to keep you happy. This is not very romantic but I find this funny, the thought that love stories with an unhappy ending can be healed using chemicals.
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Remade as The Man Who Loved Women (1983) See more »

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François Truffaut--The Man Who Loved Women
16 January 2003 | by (Rockland, New York) – See all my reviews

During the same year that Close Encounters of The Third Kind came out, in which he played a part in, François Truffaut released The Man Who Loved Women. The title could easily apply to Truffaut himself. Truffaut loved women and in all of his films he explores the theme of love and all the conflicts that can assail when we are in such a state.

In the Man Who Loved Women, Bertrand Morane is the man who loves women and early on in the film Truffaut makes his Hitchcock like cameo. But the character could easily have been played by Truffaut. The film begins with a woman telling us of Bertrand and the many women who loved him. Women who attend his funeral. In fact women who loved him are the only ones at his funeral. Once Bertrand pops up as a living character he narrates his own tale and tells us how he came to write a book entitled "The Man Who Loved Women." It was to resolve all the conflicting emotions he feels for all his loves that he started the book. The "book" is really the film. Bertrand is a man, and yes I may be redundant here, who loves women to the point of obsession. He sees a pair of legs pass him and he follows the legs to a car which he only gets a license plate for. He goes about contacting the driver of the car. In the process he meets another woman and so on and so on. Each woman a tale in his book, each woman he takes very seriously. Every single woman effecting him deeply. Bertrand has many loves but he is not the type of "Romeo" who uses his loves then throws them to the street. It is usually a case of things not working out that leads to a split in his relationships. The women are too strange, such as the case of the women who can only make love in public places or under circumstances of "danger." Or perhaps they feel he does not love them. Or they feel they can not love him in the way he seeks them to.

Bertrand is seldom alone, prompting him to say at one point, while typing his memoir alone in his apartment, "I cherish my moments of isolation." For two hours we follow Bertrand's adventures as he genuinely falls for almost every woman he meets and some that he doesn't, such as the operator who calls him every morning at seven to wake him up. Bertrand is a homely man yet one imbuing a charm and sensitivity that as one woman says, "Feels like it is very important when you ask for something. Like you will almost die if you don't get it." He is hard to resist and so is the funny, charming, deep, introspective, dramatic, sometimes melodramatic, part autobiographical film from Francois Truffaut. I give it a 8 out of 10. It's not as cinematic as some of his earlier films but it certainly is better than the current trends of either domestic or foreign films. Truffaut passed away too soon and it is the cinema's loss in every way.


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