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The Lovers (1958)

Les amants (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 October 1959 (USA)
Saddled with a dull husband and a foolish lover, a woman has an affair with a stranger.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writer:

Louise de Vilmorin (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Moreau ... Jeanne Tournier
Jean-Marc Bory ... Bernard Dubois-Lambert
Judith Magre ... Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Raoul Florès (as José Villalonga)
Gaston Modot ... Coudray
Pierre Frag Pierre Frag
Michèle Girardon ... Hélène Cavalier
Gib Grossac Gib Grossac
Lucienne Hamon Lucienne Hamon ... Chantal
Georgette Lobre Georgette Lobre ... Marthe
Claude Mansard Claude Mansard ... Marcelot (as Claude Mansart)
Alain Cuny ... Henri Tournier
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Storyline

Bored with her husband, bored with her polo-playing lover, will the middle-aged heroine go away with the young man who gave her a lift that day when her car broke down on the way back to her country estate from a weekend with her lover in Paris? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Genres:

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Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovers See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Québec)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jeanne Tournier: We'll sleep together always. I'll take care of you. My life is yours.
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Soundtracks

Streichsextett No. 1
(uncredited)
Op.18: Movement II--Andante ma moderato
Music by Johannes Brahms
Conducted by Serge Baudo
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Insipid mess, go get some Bergman

This is my first Louis Malle film and I found myself really quite disappointed. One of the other posters says that the theme is about freedom and uncertainty. I would agree with this, but to be blunt a better way to learn about the subject would be to listen to the Brahms' String Sextets without the film.

Jeanne Moreau has been described in this movie as inscrutable, I'd agree with that, in this film we find out absolutely nothing of interest about her character, and I'm left perplexed as to the attraction Bernard had for her (purely libidinous?). The morality of the film is very confusing, certainly we can applaud Jeanne's existential urge to escape from her stifling fling, her marriage, and her Parisienne lifestyle, but the fact that she leaves her daughter behind is execrable. The woodland scenes are intriguing but a bit too contrived. If you want to see films about relationships I would suggest most of the oeuvre of Ingmar Bergman, which is far superior.

All in all a rather insipid, though beautiful, mess. Deserves 7 out of 10 because it is provocative and like all good art, subversive.


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