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The Unfaithful Wife (1969)

La femme infidèle (original title)
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A man begins to believe his wife is cheating on him.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Claude Chabrol (original scenario), Claude Chabrol (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stéphane Audran ... Hélène Desvallées
Michel Bouquet ... Charles Desvallées
Michel Duchaussoy ... Police Officer Duval
Maurice Ronet ... Victor Pegala
Louise Chevalier Louise Chevalier ... Maid
Louise Rioton Louise Rioton ... Mamy, Charles'mother-in Law
Serge Bento Serge Bento ... Bignon
Henri Marteau Henri Marteau ... Paul
Guy Marly Guy Marly ... Police Officer Gobet
François Moro-Giafferi François Moro-Giafferi ... Frederic
Albert Minski Albert Minski ... King Club owner (as Albert Minsky)
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Truck driver
Michel Charrel Michel Charrel ... Policeman
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Man in cafe
Jean-Marie Arnoux Jean-Marie Arnoux ... False Witness
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Storyline

Charles Desvallées has good reasons to believe that his wife is cheating on him and hires a P.D. in order to prove himself right. Once he knows the lover is writer Victor Pégala, he drives to his apartment, calmly presents himself as the husband, starts a conversation and then kills him cold-bloodedly. The police trace the wife but when she discovers by accident a picture that could incriminate her husband she decides to remain silent. Written by Bernard Dionne <guero@globetrotter.net>

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A Psycho-Sexual Study in Murder!

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Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The cinema that Charles drives by advertises Les Biches (1968), which was Claude Chabrol's previous film. See more »

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Brigitte is always wearing the same frock, despite the passage of several days. See more »

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Referenced in Lost in Separation (2019) See more »

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Chabrol's brilliant first attempt at a 'Madame Bovary'.
19 February 2001 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

'The Unfaithful Wife' is really about a faithful husband, who will kill to save his marriage. This kind of fidelity is a chilling exercise of power - the film's many point-of-view shots are mostly his - with adultery a rebellion, a bid for freedom that must be crushed. It's not enough that Charles uncovers his wife's lover, he must sit on the bed they make love on, drink the same drink...

Chabrol's most perfect film, where character inertia is expressed in blatant artifice, both in the home and in 'nature'; where a materialist filming of materialists conceals an austere spirituality, embodied in those Fateful policemen. Like his namesake Bovary, Charles sleeps when his exquisitely beautiful wife offers herself to him. He deserves what he gets.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jouy-en-Josas, Yvelines, France See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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