MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 14,579 this week

The Woman Next Door (1981)
"La femme d'à côté" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  30 September 1981 (France)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 4,862 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 22 critic

Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue.

Director:

Writers:

(original scenario), (original scenario), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 30 Apr 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 11 May 2014
 
a list of 22 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Woman Next Door (1981)

The Woman Next Door (1981) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Woman Next Door.
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Louis Mahe is a tobacco planter at Reunion Island. He is waiting for Julie Roussel to marry her. He only knows her by mail. The woman that comes does not like the picture he got, but he ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nelly Borgeaud
Bed & Board (1970)
Certificate: GP Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Some time after "Baisers Volés", Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Christine Darbon (Claude Jade) are married and Antoine works dying flowers, and Christine is pregnant and gives ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Hiroko Berghauer
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Bouquet
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger
Stolen Kisses (1968)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig
Day for Night (1973)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut
Les Mistons (1957)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During the hot summer, 5 kids, "Les Mistons", spy on two lovers. They follow Gerard and Bernadette everywhere. Les Mistons send a suggestive postcard to Bernadette once Gerard is away. But ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Gérard Blain, Bernadette Lafont, Michel François
Jules and Jim (1962)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

"Love at Twenty" unites five directors from around the world to present their different perspectives on what love really is at the age of 20. The episodes are united with the score of ... See full summary »

Directors: Shintarô Ishihara, Marcel Ophüls, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie-France Pisier, Patrick Auffay
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack
Une visite (1955)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A timid and clumsy young man is looking for a room through newspaper ads. A young lady answers his phone call. When he arrives to the apartment with his suitcase, he finds the young lady in... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Francis Cognany, Florence Doniol-Valcroze, Laura Mauri
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Bernard Coudray
...
Henri Garcin ...
Michèle Baumgartner ...
Roger Van Hool ...
Véronique Silver ...
Philippe Morier-Genoud ...
Nicole Vauthier
Muriel Combe
Olivier Becquaert ...
Edit

Storyline

Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion of Bernard and Mathilde, who had a passionate love affair years ago. The relationship revives... A somber study of human feelings. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 September 1981 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Woman Next Door  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

François Truffaut choose Fanny Ardant when he saw her in the TV series _"Dames de la côte, Les" (1979) (mini)_. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Madame Odile Jouve: I suspect that Mathilde and Bernard won't be buried together. if I had to select an epitaph for them it would be, "Neither with you, nor without you.", but I doubt whether I'll be asked.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in 8 Women (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Can't touch this -- Truffaut topped himself here.
9 January 2001 | by (California, San Francisco Bay) – See all my reviews

An outstanding love story, with an astonishing, riveting performance from Fanny Ardant. My own love affair with Truffaut began as a teenager when I first saw "Jules and Jim." But "La femme d'a cote" moved me most directly and most powerfully of all his great work. Is love "toujours triste"? No, not always sad; now that I'm in my forties, I'm much less a romantic. And love may be of many varieties. But deep romantic love, I do believe, rarely appears on screen as honestly portrayed as here. "The Woman Next Door" presents us with the power, the physical impact of love, the way it "takes our breath" away and so much more. Truffaut so often focuses on love, and usually more positively and in a greater variety of ways than other great directors. But if you want funny, fresh young love, see Truffaut's "Soft Skin" or even "Don't Shoot the Piano Player. His films which are more about infatuation versus love, i.e., the original (Truffaut's film, not the American one with Bert Reynolds) "The Man Who Loved Women" or even the Hitchcock tribute "The Bride Wore Black" while "darker" in tone -- all these remain quite funny, generally light in tone, and quite lively in pace and style. In "The Woman Next Door," more tragic, melancholic moments appear -- it's more akin to the highly autobiographical "The 400 Blows," which tells of Truffaut's difficult adolescence. Yet it has its lighter moments, too. My own response was a strong interest in the drama, the suspense, and astonishment at the beauty of the story, the acting, and the many moments of cinematic genius. Truffaut did, personally, fall in love with Ardant, the lead actress here; they married, so just how much autobiography went into this tale and film -- I don't know. "Next Door" represents Truffaut in a mature phase of his life and career, one which shot off like a rocket and just kept climbing. Ardant went on to act well in many other films, even in several after Truffaut's death. In her starring role here, she made her debut to my acquaintance. She stunned me; I thought I knew Truffaut's work well enough -- after ten to twelve years of trying to see everything available by him, reading about him, and so forth. Yet this film knocked me out, all the same. Superb.


37 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What happened to Michèle Baumgartner? jvj-10
Discuss The Woman Next Door (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?