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The Aviator's Wife (1981)

La femme de l'aviateur (original title)
A young student is devastated when he finds that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In order to find out why she did it, he decides to spy on her and her lover.

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Philippe Marlaud ...
François
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Anne
Anne-Laure Meury ...
Lucie
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Christian
Philippe Caroit ...
François' Friend
Coralie Clément ...
Anne's Colleague
María Luisa García ...
Anne's Friend (as Lisa Hérédia)
Haydée Caillot ...
Blonde
Mary Stephen ...
Tourist
Neil Chan ...
Tourist
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Concierge
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Mercillat
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The aviator Christian visits his ex-mistress Anne seven o'clock in the morning, to tell her that their affair is over, because his wife is pregnant and will soon move to Paris. Anne's new lover, François, happens to see Christian and Anne when they leave her house, and thinks that their affair is still going on. He tries to contact Anne, but she won't talk to him. At a pavement café François sees Christian and an unknown woman, which he assumes is the aviator's wife. As he is in a bad mood and doesn't know what to do, he decides to follow the couple. On his way through a park he bumps into a cute girl, Lucie, who is 15 years old and has taken a day off from school. Lucie soon brings 20-year-old François to explain to her what has happened to him this morning. She is excited by his story and especially the puzzling parts of it. She joins him in pursuing the couple and thinks out various hypotheses about them. When the couple goes into a lawyer's office, Lucie is sure that the unknown ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Direct From the 19th New York Film Festival

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The first of Éric Rohmer's six-part "Comedies et Proverbes" series. See more »

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When Francois put a stamp on the postcard he wants to mail to Lucie, the writing on the card is different than the one he wrote previously. The words are the same but on different or more lines. See more »

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Followed by A Good Marriage (1982) See more »

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Paris m'a séduit
Performed by Arielle Dombasle with Jean-Louis Valéro
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Marie Riviere--worth trying to avoid
18 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

TFO, an Ontario network, has been showing Rohmer films in rotation for some time. This one is new to me. A young man works the night shift at the post office to finance his studies. His girl friend works days, so their relationship is haphazard, to say the least. He believes she cheated on him with an older man--the pilot--so he spies on the pilot to find out more...

I can't find much to like about these people. Anne is neurotic and manipulative, as well as a liar when it suits her, and it's obvious why Francois loves her: he wants a mother-figure. Marie Riviere has always been unpleasant to watch; here you want to slap her. Lucie is another in a long line of sprightly teenage girls that Rohmer loves so much. Anne-Laure Meury displays a lot of charm as she tries to get Francois to talk about himself. Her acting provides the only moments of freshness and openness in this story.

Rohmer has tried to make this film in the youthful style of the New Wave, using 16mm fast film and portable cameras, and it works very well in the greenery of the Buttes-Chaumont.


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