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End of Desire (1958)

Une vie (original title)
Normandy, second half of the nineteenth century. Jeanne Dandieu lives in a manor house with her parents and their servant Rosalie. She gets to know Julien, a handsome man, whom she soon ... See full summary »


Alexandre Astruc


Guy de Maupassant (from the novel by), Roland Laudenbach (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Maria Schell ... Jeanne Dandieu épouse de Lamare
Christian Marquand ... Julien de Lamare
Pascale Petit ... Rosalie
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... Monsieur Dandieu
Marie-Hélène Dasté Marie-Hélène Dasté ... Madame Dandieu
Antonella Lualdi ... Gilberte de Fourcheville
Ivan Desny ... De Fourcheville
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... Un pêcheur
Michel Slubicki Michel Slubicki ... Paul de Lamare
Andrée Tainsy Andrée Tainsy ... Ludivine - la servante


Normandy, second half of the nineteenth century. Jeanne Dandieu lives in a manor house with her parents and their servant Rosalie. She gets to know Julien, a handsome man, whom she soon marries. Her happiness is short-lived as she finds out that not only has Julien married her for her money but he cheats on her as well, with Rosalie to crown it all. The latter gives birth to a baby girl before leaving the house. Six years later, Julien has a new mistress, Gilberte de Fourcheville. Jeanne puts up with this new ordeal bravely. However Gilbert's husband surprises the two lovers in a caravan and, in a rage, hurls them over the edge of a cliff. Written by Guy Bellinger

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A one-man woman...and a man of many loves...then...the...




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Release Date:

24 September 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

End of Desire See more »

Filming Locations:

Herqueville, Manche, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Version of Naiskohtaloita (1947) See more »


Une Vie
Written and Performed by Roman Vlad And His Orchestra
Sung by Maria Schell
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This great movie offers a rare comfortable distance
4 December 2001 | by sleepsevSee all my reviews

The use of colors in this movie is quite impressive. I think the colors are truly beautiful, and I feel the use of colors here is somehow different from other movies, but I can't quite tell exactly how it is different. I'm also impressed by another hard-to-describe aspect of this movie: the comfortable distance between the audience and the characters. I find myself enjoy watching this movie many times, though I'm not really interested in the story and these kinds of characters. Why do I enjoy watching it while feeling uninvolved in it? It is because I feel very comfortable watching it. I feel as if there is an emotional space of a very appropriate size separating me from the characters. I don't feel the characters' feelings are too far away from me that I lose interest in them, and nor do I feel the movie pushes the characters' feelings so overwhelmingly close to me that I feel uncomfortable. I don't really know how the director can make me feel like this, and I wonder whether he intentionally created that pleasant distance.

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