The Girl Cut in Two (2007)
"La fille coupée en deux" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  8 August 2007 (France)
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A black comedy centered around a TV weather girl and the two very different men who pursue her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capucine Jamet
Caroline Sihol ...
Geneviève Gaudens (as Caroline Silhol)
Marie Bunel ...
Marie Deneige
Valéria Cavalli ...
Dona Saint-Denis
Etienne Chicot ...
Denis Deneige
Edouard, l'acteur interviewé
Jean-Marie Winling ...
Gérard Briançon
Didier Bénureau ...
Philippe Le Riou
Maître Stéphane Lorbach
Charley Fouquet ...
Eléonore Gaudens
Hubert Saint-Macary ...
Bernard Violet (as Hubert Saint Macary)
Jérémie Chaplain


Gabrielle is a young woman with a future: she's the weather girl on a local TV station destined to a rapid promotion. She's self-confident and self-possessed. In Lyon, on successive days, she meets two men of high status: Charles, a middle-aged writer, and Paul, the heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. Both are attracted to her and both have flaws immediately evident: Charles, who is married, can be dismissive; Paul can be possessive and threatening. To the dismay of one, Gabrielle chooses the other. How will each man handle her choice, and after she falls in love, can she sustain her personal strength? Written by <>

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Release Date:

8 August 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Girl Cut in Two  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,658 (USA) (15 August 2008)


$409,658 (USA) (19 December 2008)

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Like Comedy of Power (2006), four Chabrols worked on the film: Director and co-writer Claude Chabrol, his screenplay-supervisor wife Aurore Chabrol, and his two sons: composer Matthieu Chabrol and actor Thomas Chabrol. See more »


Gabrielle Aurore Deneige: What do you do for a living?
Paul André Claude Gaudens: I live.
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TURANDOT (In questa Reggia)
Performed by Leonie Rysanek
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni
(C) BMG Ricordi Spa c/o Editions Salabert
avec l'autorisation de BMG Music Vision
(P) Recorded to 1972 all rights reserved by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Sony BMG Music Entertainment France
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30 March 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The first thing that pops in mind after watching 'La fille coupée en deux' (= French for 'the girl cut into two parts') is, that this film provides good entertainment.

Devoid of any intellectual or philosophical pretensions, director Claude Chabrol's product does not tell an original story either. It deals with a love affair of a married man over 50, with a girl that easily could have been his daughter. Having another male lover of her own age in the background, this triangle predictably results in disaster.

What makes 'La fille coupée en deux' special, however, is the refined, typical French way of telling its story. Although doubtless serious, the plot of this film never and nowhere puts a heavy weight on your mind. The advertising on my DVD's French sleeve hits it well: "a dramatic comedy, soft as well as bitter, orchestrated by a master's hand".

Good entertainment, I said. No more than that - and certainly no less than that.

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