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The Soft Skin (1964)

La peau douce (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 20 April 1964 (France)
Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (original scenario) (as F. Truffaut), Jean-Louis Richard (original scenario)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Desailly ... Pierre Lachenay
Françoise Dorléac ... Nicole (as Françoise Dorleac)
Nelly Benedetti Nelly Benedetti ... Franca Lachenay
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Clément
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Ingrid
Philippe Dumat Philippe Dumat ... Directeur cinéma Reims
Paule Emanuele Paule Emanuele ... Odile
Maurice Garrel ... Bontemps
Sabine Haudepin Sabine Haudepin ... Sabine Lachenay
Dominique Lacarrière Dominique Lacarrière ... La secrétaire Dominique
Jean Lanier Jean Lanier ... Michel
Pierre Risch Pierre Risch ... Chanoine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Magalon Maurice Magalon
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Storyline

Pierre Lachenay, a middle-aged, well-known publisher and lecturer, is married to Franca, an unbalanced woman, and father of Sabine, a 10-year-old girl. While traveling to Lisbon for a lecture, Pierre Lachenay has a one night stand with Nicole, the Panair do Brasil air stewardess. He wants to see her again and again, they travel to Reims together, and Pierre hides the affair from his family, mostly to spare his daughter the anguish of a separation. Nicole is taking it lightly but Pierre, misunderstanding her feelings and expectations, decides to live with her. The couple's break-up leads to a tragic end. Written by Artemis-9

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Taglines:

The Eternal Triangle At Its Most Eternal

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Portuguese | English

Release Date:

20 April 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Soft Skin See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scenes set in Pierre Lachenay's apartment were filmed in Truffaut's own home. See more »

Goofs

When Pierre is about to slip Nicole's phone number into his wallet, the close-up of the wallet has a different background (desk with white paper) than the previous medium shot. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Lachenay: I've learned that men's unhappiness arises from the inability to stay quietly in their own room.
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Connections

Featured in François Truffaut: Portraits volés (1993) See more »

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Retour À L'Hôtel
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Sure and unflinching
17 December 2003 | by jdeferrariSee all my reviews

Truffaut's study of a middle-aged man losing his way in life in the age-old fashion is caught in a mesmerizing series of quick-succession shots and sympathetically-captured quotidian details. An unthinking, self-assured man; his wounded, passionate wife; his sweet, vulnerable lover; an inevitable tragedy. This underrated film has no real surprises, but its sure-footedness is impressive and the simple story ultimately very moving.


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