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The House of the Bories (1970)

La maison des bories (original title)
Two platonic lovers in the sunny landscapes of south France.


Anne Tromelin (scenario and dialogue), Simone Ratel (from the novel by)
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Cast overview:
Marie Dubois ... Isabelle Durras
Maurice Garrel ... Julien Durras
Mathieu Carrière ... Carl-Stéphane Kursdedt
Hélène Vallier Hélène Vallier ... Marie Louise
Claude Titre Claude Titre ... Ludovic
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... Mlle Estienne
Jean-François Vlerick Jean-François Vlerick ... Laurent Durras (as Jean-François Maurin)
Marie-Véronique Maurin Marie-Véronique Maurin ... Lise Durras (as Marie Véronique Maurin)


A family,the father,a grumpy scientist,his beautiful wife, and their two children live in "La Maison Des Bories, a remote house in a hot sunny part of the Provence. There comes a young man Karl Stephan, hired as a private tutor, who falls in love with the mother (who falls for the teacher too).. They will become platonic lovers. Isabelle Durras is a modern princess of Clèves who favors duty -or her family here- over sex. Written by dbdumonteil

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Like a painting
13 December 1999 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

The story? The husband is a scientific man. He's boring and severe with his wife and two children. The woman is the victim. She's bored with her husband and her life. And here comes the third one : a German translater. He's young, handsome, loves life and the children can play with him. You know what happens next! O.K., we saw that a thousand times in movies! But this simple French movie is very beautiful, because of the photography. Views of countryside looks like the works of a great painter. Indoor photography is also superb! This movie looks like Terence Malick before Malick. I really don't understand why the Internet movie database says this movie is like Le dîner de cons (1998)! It's not a comedy and had really nothing to do with this movie! If you want to compare, look at Jean Renoir's Une partie de campagne (but that Renoir movie was in Black and white!) Or compare it to any Malick picture.

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28 August 1970 (France) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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