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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.

Director:

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 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 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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See It With Someone You Love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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 »

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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

Director cameo: Claude Lelouch is seen behind Jean-Louis at the Monte Carlo race. He is holding a camera. 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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Connections

Followed by A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Homme et une Femme
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Pierre Barouh
Performed by Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh
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Moved me tremendously.
25 January 2003 | by donaldnjSee all my reviews

This is a movie that resonated to my core. I identified with the main character on numerous levels. First, the way he responded to his feelings about her; the way he took a chance and "went for it." The way he responded to her telegram at the ball. He jumped in his car and drove another few hundred miles to be with her; I have taken an equivalent leap in my own life, and never have regretted it. One doesn't get many such chances in this world. The way he drove again and met her train in Paris. One must grab for the gold ring when it comes around and hang on. One must be willing to risk looking ridiculous on occasion in order to have a shot at winning the Big Prize. I know, I'm a hopeless romantic. I love being a hopeless romantic. I know, most of the heavyweight reviewers have been somewhat lukewarm about this movie. Doesn't bother me a bit.


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