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Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Les bonnes femmes (original title)
Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Paul Gégauff (scenario and dialogue), Claude Chabrol (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernadette Lafont ... Jane
Clotilde Joano ... Jacqueline
Stéphane Audran ... Ginette
Lucile Saint-Simon ... Rita
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Monsieur Belin
Jean-Louis Maury Jean-Louis Maury ... Marcel
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Albert
Ave Ninchi Ave Ninchi ... Mme Louise
Sacha Briquet Sacha Briquet ... Henri
Claude Berri ... Le copain de Jane
Jean Barclay Jean Barclay
Rossana Rossanigo Rossana Rossanigo
Dolly Bell Dolly Bell ... La danseuse nue
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin ... Le père d'Henri (as Gabriel Gobain)
France Asselin France Asselin ... La mère d'Henri
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Storyline

Ginette, Rita, Jacqueline and Jane try to find fulfillment and love in their lives. Rita has a fiancé whose family is obsessed with social distinction; Jane has a boy-friend in the army, but does not hesitate to enjoy herself with chance encounters; Ginette has a mysterious passion that keeps her away from her colleagues at nights. Jacqueline is lonely; but who is that mysterious bike-rider who is constantly following her ? Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

22 April 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Bonnes Femmes See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,578, 15 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,578, 15 August 1999
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Production Co:

Paris Film,Panitalia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), now regarded as one of Claude Chabrol's masterworks, was a critical and commercial failure when it was originally released. In her autobiography "Le Roman de ma vie", Bernadette Lafont remembers that, at one point during the movie premiere, a viewer furiously screamed that he wanted back the 5 francs he had paid for the ticket. Chabrol, who was sitting before him, turned around and gave them to him. Also, at the end of the screening, another spectator tried to get in a fist fight with the director. The two men were separated. See more »

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References Bonjour Tristesse (1958) See more »

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Chabrol's first masterpiece; maybe even his masterpiece.
12 February 2001 | by Alice LiddelSee all my reviews

Chabrol's career is often seen as moving from the naturalism of his early films to the extreme stylisation of his great mid-period. It's not as simple as that, but in 'Les Bonnes Femmes', Chabrol achieves a balance between the two that he has rarely equalled. The story of four shopgirls, their work and social lives, has all the plotless and poignant banality of realism, while the closing third, with its move from Paris to the country, its seducer-cum-motorbike-riding-devil (reg. no.: 666) talking about the Creator, as little schoolboys called Balthasar pass by; and its closing vision of Hell/Purgatory bespeak a more Cocteau-like world of mythology and religion. But there is Cocteau too in the framing of Jacqueline in the shop window, while Chabrol's filming of treacherous nature later on is uncommonly vivid. Although 'Bonnes' is his least typical film, it is also his most lovable, and seems to get richer with the years.


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