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The Soft Skin ()

La peau douce (original title)
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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... See more »

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Pierre Lachenay
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Nicole (as Françoise Dorleac)
Nelly Benedetti ...
Franca Lachenay
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Clément
Laurence Badie ...
Ingrid
Philippe Dumat ...
Directeur cinéma Reims
Paule Emanuele ...
Odile
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Bontemps
Sabine Haudepin ...
Sabine Lachenay
Dominique Lacarrière ...
La secrétaire Dominique
Jean Lanier ...
Michel
Pierre Risch ...
Chanoine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Magalon
Carnero ...
Lisbon organizer (uncredited)
Georges de Givray ...
Le père de Nicole (uncredited)
Catherine-Isabelle Duport ...
Jeune fille Reims (uncredited)
Maximiliènne Harlaut ...
Mme. Leloix (uncredited)
Charles Lavialle ...
Veilleur hôtel Michelet (uncredited)
Gérard Poirot ...
Franck (co-pilot) (uncredited)
Olivia Poli ...
Mme. Bontemps (uncredited)
Thérèse Renouard ...
Caissière (uncredited)
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Man in street (uncredited)
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Le pompiste (uncredited) (voice)
Brigitte Zhendre-Laforest ...
Livreuse linge (uncredited)

Directed by

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François Truffaut

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

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António da Cunha Telles ... producer / associate producer: Portugal (uncredited)

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Georges Delerue

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Raoul Coutard

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Claudine Bouché

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Lila Biro ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Renée Rouzot ... (uncredited)

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Nicole Félix ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Marcel Berbert ... production manager (uncredited)
Gérard Poirot ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Jean-François Adam ... assistant director (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Claude Othnin-Girard ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Jean-Claude Dolbert ... property master (uncredited)

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Claude Beausoleil ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Raymond Cauchetier ... still photographer (uncredited)
Georges Liron ... camera operator (uncredited)
Denis Mornet ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Renée Rouzot ... wardrobe (uncredited)

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Suzanne Schiffman ... script girl (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Soft Skin (United States)
  • The Soft Skin (United Kingdom)
  • Silken Skin (United Kingdom)
  • La piel suave (Spain)
  • La piel suave (Chile)
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Trivia The scenes set in Pierre Lachenay's apartment were filmed in Truffaut's own home. See more »
Goofs Pierre and Nicole are in a hotel elevator approaching the 8th floor, Pierre is on the right side. The following shot from outside the elevator shows Pierre on the opposite side. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in François Truffaut: Portraits volés (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Pierre Et Nicole 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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