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A Gentle Creature (1969)

Une femme douce (original title)
A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writer:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (from the short story by)
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Complete credited cast:
Dominique Sanda ... Elle
Guy Frangin ... Luc, son mari
Jeanne Lobre Jeanne Lobre ... Anna, la bonne
Claude Ollier Claude Ollier ... Le médecin
Jacques Kébadian Jacques Kébadian ... Le dragueur
Gilles Sandier Gilles Sandier ... Le maire
Dorothée Blanck Dorothée Blanck ... L'infirmière (as Dorothée Blank)
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A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to his. Disgusted with his attempts to dominate her, she considered murdering him, but found herself unable to do it... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Trivia

In the early 1960s, the director Eric Rohmer wrote an adaptation of the Dostoevsky short story that this film is based on. However he was unable to find financing to film the project. See more »

Goofs

(at about 18 minutes) Guy and Dominique swap places in their cinema seats before they are actually seen to do so in the final shot of that scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in In the Shade of the Conformist (2011) See more »

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How to open and close a door.
26 April 2018 | by grybopSee all my reviews

Let me just say I am not a fan of Bresson's. His complete indifference to credible, believable acting, sometimes works for the movie, sometimes against it. In this one, the wooden deliverance of every single line ends up very distracting.

To top that, if you start noticing how much screen time is spent depicting the characters opening and closing doors, the movie becomes unintentionally funny beyond words. Has to be seen to be believed.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 May 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gentle Woman See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,356
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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