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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.


Claude Chabrol


Claude Chabrol (original scenario), Claude Chabrol (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Did You Know?


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


After Charles Desvallees has put Victor Pegala's body in the boot of his car & sets off, his car has a front number plate. While driving through Paris the front number plate vanishes mysteriously. When Charles continues his journey after being bumped from behind the front number plate is back on the car. See more »


Referenced in Lost in Separation (2019) See more »

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Subtle yet very poweful
10 October 2020 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

In a Paris suburb, a wealthy couple with a young son seems to have a happy marriage. However, the husband believes his wife is unfaithful (thus, the title) and sets out to find if this is true.

Much of this film is quiet and subtle. While this technique might seem dull in some films, director Claude Chabrol uses it to great effect creating tension and suspense. One pivotal scene involving a conversation between two people is tense to the point of being perverse. It occurs just before a major plot twist.

Credit can also be given to the actors who portray the married couple: Stépane Audran and especially Michel Bouquet who does a superb job in appearing restrained while his eyes betray the rage coming to the surface. - dbamateurcritic

Rating: 9 out of 10

Notable Achievement: Directing by Claude Chabrol

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Release Date:

10 November 1969 (USA) See more »

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The Unfaithful Wife See more »

Filming Locations:

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

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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