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Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Les bonnes femmes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 22 April 1960 (France)
Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.


Claude Chabrol


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


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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Did You Know?


Author and playwright Françoise Sagan defended Claude Chabrol who had been accused of machismo with Les Bonnes Femmes (1960). The two later amused themselves by making the film Bluebeard (1963), a story based on a real life killer of women. See more »


After Ernest strangles Jacqueline, he rips his coat out from under her and flips her over. The supposedly dead Jacqueline immediately moves her arm to catch herself from going face first into the mud. See more »


Monsieur Belin: My pleasure in life is to reprimand little girls... It's my prerogative.
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.47 (1962) See more »

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Female clerks
9 August 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Chabrol,although labeled "Nouvelle Vague" has never forgotten to tell a story.It has made him the heir of a long tradition of the psychological French thriller (Clouzot,Duvivier,Decoin).Even his earlier efforts ("Le Beau Serge" "A Double Tour" "Les Cousins" ) had painstaking well-constructed screenplays .But "Les Bonnes Femmes " gives way beneath the weaknesses of the Nouvelle Vague and succumbs to their vices:a vague story,ponderous jokes,mediocre performances (mainly the male ones)and a lot of padding.At a pinch,one can save Clotilde Joano's character and the terrible fate which lays in store for her.But the main reason why you would watch this non-Chabrolesque film is Stephane Audran's presence: she would be his star when he peaked in the 1968-1973 years.The films he made then were his very own and had nothing to do with the N.V. fortunately.

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Release Date:

22 April 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good Time Girls See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,578, 15 August 1999

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paris Film, Panitalia See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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