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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,118
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was booed by the audience at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964 and did poorly at the box office. 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

Referenced in The Red Light Bandit (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Thème De Franca
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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One of Truffaut's most accomplished films
17 September 2003 | by gtzamSee all my reviews

Truffaut filmed La Peau Douce immediately after the international success of "Jules et Jim". Released at the heyday of the nouvelle vague, critics and audiences panned the film as a futile resort to bourgeois classicism after the unconventional antics of his previous masterwork.

They could not have been more mistaken. Time has treated La Peau Douce better than most of his later efforts. It is definitely a triumph of direction with each scene being carefully planned and meticulously structured, not unlike a Hitchcock movie. In practice, Truffaut transposes Hitchcock's mechanisms of suspense into a seemingly trivial story concerning the illicit love affair of a distinguished editor/author with a younger stewardess and its withering consequences. The characters and the milieu of the story are effortless evoked, but the main joy is derived from the visual inventiveness that Truffaut shows in scene after scene. It's a triumph of a purely cinematic mode of expression, which Truffaut was one of the few who had really mastered it.


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