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La femme défendue (1997)

This movie is foremost distinguished by the use of a subjective camera, and nearly 100 % of the time consists of close-up of Isabelle Carré's face. She is capable of changing her facial ... See full summary »

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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 Isabelle Carré'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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Un unusual way to shoot a picture
1 July 2000 | by (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain) – See all my reviews

A beautiful picture. Official selection Cannes 1997. Nomination at the CESAR and Prix Romy Schneider for Isabelle Carré. 100% of joy. François is 39, married and a child. Lives confortably. Muriel is 22, single and free. They meet casually and the man tries to seduce the girl. What happens now is common place in an adultery. But the way Philippe Harel presents the story is unique. The dialogue and, most of all, the beautiful face of Isabelle casts a spell over us, the viewers. As a matter of fact we don't see anybody else than the young girl, not even her lover. All which is out of Muriel's feelings is left aside and, in his way to explore the intimacy of the human beeing, without unkindness nor complaisance, Harel reinvented the strategy of seduction, like it used to be 200 years ago, but introducing the erotism which was then concealed. I couldn't help thinking in the masterpiece of Paul Geraldy in 1913 " TOI et MOI" ( You and Me), a pure marvel.


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