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Five Day Lover (1961)

L'amant de cinq jours (original title)
TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 December 1961 (USA)
During Madeleine's fashion show Claire meets Antoine and becomes his mistress. Due to the fact that she's married (to a wealthy man) she only spends a few days a week with him. Antoine is ... See full summary »


Philippe de Broca


Françoise Parturier (novel), Daniel Boulanger (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jean Seberg ... Claire
Micheline Presle ... Madeleine
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Antoine
François Périer ... Georges
Carlo Croccolo ... Marius
Claude Mansard Claude Mansard ... Une invité
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Blanchet
Albert Mouton Albert Mouton ... Halavoine
Marcella Rovena ... Madame Chanut
Sylvain Sylvain ... Le maître (as Jean Sylvain)
Pierre Repp Pierre Repp ... Pepere
Gib Grossac Gib Grossac ... Taxiste
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Doria Max Doria
Georges Douking
Laure Paillette Laure Paillette


During Madeleine's fashion show Claire meets Antoine and becomes his mistress. Due to the fact that she's married (to a wealthy man) she only spends a few days a week with him. Antoine is also rich, and often taken to meetings by his chauffeur, Marius. However things are more complicated: Antoine is Madeleine lover (Claire's best friend) while George, Claire's husband is quite rich and has a modest job. Everything works perfectly until Madeleine discovers the truth. She prepares her vengéance and organizes a celebration which she invites Antoine, Claire and George. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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The film was accompanied in theatres by a short, Manuvera Fille de Tahiti, directed by Claude Pinoteau, an image from which was on the cover of the first edition, in May 1961, of a new French magazine called Court Metrage, devoted to short subjects. See more »

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Nothing lasts forever.
28 February 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Easily the most satisfying of the three films that Philippe de Broca made with Jean-Pierre Cassel between 1960 and 1961. In this frivolous, bittersweet comedy Claire, who is married with two children, has an affair with Antoine who is being kept by an older woman played by Micheline Presle. The quartet of stars is fabulous and the performance that steals the show is that of Francois Perier as the understanding husband. The settings of Paris and Versailles not to mention the magical theme music of Georges Delerue all add to the films appeal. In the opening scene we see the enchanting Claire of Jean Seberg being 'picked up' all too quickly by the charming Cassel as Antoine. Needless to say the affair runs its course and although she goes back to her husband, the final, haunting scene makes us wonder if it is only a question of time before she strays again. It is such a pity that Seberg tired of working in France as Truffaut was by all accounts an admirer of her work and would have liked her to star in 'La Nuit Americaine'. Back in Hollywood it would not be long before the storm clouds gathered over this lovely and sensitive actress.

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13 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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