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A Man and a Woman (1966)

Un homme et une femme (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 12 July 1966 (USA)
A widow and a widower find their relationship developing into love, but their past tragedies prove hard to overcome, causing them to proceed with utmost delicacy.

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Claude Lelouch
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anouk Aimée ... Anne Gauthier
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean-Louis Duroc (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Pierre Barouh Pierre Barouh ... Pierre Gauthier
Valérie Lagrange ... Valerie Duroc
Antoine Sire Antoine Sire ... Antoine Duroc (as Antoine)
Souad Amidou Souad Amidou ... Françoise Gauthier (as Souad)
Henri Chemin Henri Chemin ... Jean-Louis' Codriver
Yane Barry Yane Barry ... Mistress of Jean-Louis
Paul Le Person ... Garage Man
Simone Paris Simone Paris ... Head Mistress
Gérard Sire Gérard Sire ... Announcer
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Storyline

A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their children's boarding school. Slowly the widower and widow reveal themselves to each other, with each revelation hidden by a misperception. They become closer and closer, until she reveals that she can't have a lover because her husband's memory is still far too strong. Much of the film is told wordlessly in actions or through hearing each person's thoughts. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Grand Prize Winner 1966 Cannes Film Festival See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man and a Woman See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films 13 See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Features Anouk Aimée's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Quotes

Jean-Louis Duroc: Some Sundays start well and end badly. It's hard to believe- It's crazy to refuse happiness. If I had to go through this again, What would I do? Is there anything else I could do? To see her for months on end as a pal. What happens? You end up being pals, maybe. She wired, 'I love you.' Admit it boy, you just don't understand women.
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À l'ombre de nous
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Pierre Barouh
Performed by Pierre Barouh
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A love between a widow and a widower
8 April 2004 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

Sometimes you do not need to hear anyone in order to understand what he/she is saying, and this is the merit of this Claude Lelouch's film. The main actress and actor, i.e. Anouk Aimée and Jean Louis Trintignant, respectively, were able to act in a way that feelings, desires, sadness well were expressed by both without the need of spoken dialogues. The plot is quite simple, but the merit again is here the way to make it coherent. Another interesting characteristic was the successful use of nice soundtrack in several scenes. Similarly the story of each were said with several mute scenes. According to Lelouch the film gained its intensity because of its fast way of realization. It was made in less than three months, and the scenes were taken in three weeks keeping all actors and actresses working tense. Lelouch never expected to have the success and awards the film had and obtained.


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