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La femme défendue (1997)

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Elle (Muriel)
Philippe Harel ...
Moi (François)
Nathalie Conio ...
Ma secrétaire
Sophie Niedergang ...
Ma femme
Julien Niedergang ...
Mon fils
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agnès Akopian
Luc Bataini
Marie-Aline Campet
Dominique Chevalier
Roland Courtoisier
Christine Davenier
Jean Deguara
Henri Desouche
Sacha Gaubert
Robert Gendreu
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This movie is foremost distinguished by the use of a subjective camera, and nearly 100 % of the time consists of close-up of the young girl's face. She is capable of changing her facial mimic so much that she never looks artificial or inappropriate. 39-year-old François meets 22-year-old Muriel, who is a virgin. Several times he invites her to fine restaurants. She agrees that on a certain day they will meet at a hotel and he will see her naked. He promises not to sleep with her at that occasion. He does not keep his promise. She is happy that he didn't. Both continue to be eager for sex. While waiting for the first dish on a luxury restaurant she goes to the men's room and dresses starch naked, while he follows after a few minutes. However, she eventually gets a young boyfriend. She tells him everything. He calls François's wife, who immediately demands a divorce. When François and Muriel meet accidentally in the street, it becomes clear that she feels neither any intent to harm him,... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Self-indulgence truly has no limits
22 December 2002 | by See all my reviews



A companion film to 1990's "Le Mari de la coiffeuse."

Although the lead actress gives a fine performance, "La Femme défendue" is little more than another Bill Clintonesque middle-age fantasy telling the story of a married man chasing young women. This time, the camera lens has full-time duty capturing the POV of the seducer. We see the woman-chasing through the chaser's own eyes -- the whole entire length of the film.

Unfortunately, instead of lifting this piece of self-indulgence to the level of art, "La Femme défendue" moves at a sloth's pace with all the grace and class of a beer-belly trailer park Bubba. Chasing a West Wing intern with a French accent -- a must skip!


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