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The Breach (1970)

La rupture (original title)
Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stéphane Audran ... Hélène Régnier
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Paul Thomas
Michel Bouquet ... Ludovic Régnier
Annie Cordy ... Mme Pinelli
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Charles Régnier
Mario Beccara Mario Beccara
Serge Bento Serge Bento
Jean Carmet ... Henri Pinelli
Marguerite Cassan Marguerite Cassan ... Emilie
Louise Chevalier Louise Chevalier ... La deuxième parque
Suzy Falk Suzy Falk
Pierre Gualdi Pierre Gualdi
Harry Kümel
Daniel Lecourtois
Pierre Le Rumeur Pierre Le Rumeur ... (as Pierre Lerumeur)
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Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's condition and vow to win custody of Michel. While the boy is in hospital, Helene rents a room in a boarding house nearby. The Regniers hire Paul Thomas, a family acquaintance who needs money, to find dirt on Helene before the court hearing on custody. Paul moves into the boarding house and, with the help of his girlfriend Sonia, who rarely wears clothes, plots to ruin Helene's reputation and then her very life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Thriller

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Country:

France | Italy | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 August 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Breach See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Claude Chabrol once stated that the bus scene where Hélène (his wife Stéphane Audran) tells her family's story to the lawyer (Michel Duchaussoy) was the occasion when he finally thought that Stéphane had become an actress. See more »

Quotes

Paul Thomas: Let me do something for you. Let me take you to the airport, then I'll know you've forgiven me. Please!
Hélène Régnier: No, I won't.
Paul Thomas: Don't be spiteful. Understand me, I know you're not mean.
Hélène Régnier: No, I can't afford the luxury.
[is about to leave]
Paul Thomas: [grabbing Hélène] What do you mean? Come, tell me or I'll never forgive myself!
Hélène Régnier: [trying to free herself and leave] Don't be stupid! It won't be a disaster if I go alone!
Paul Thomas: Hélène, don't go, it's impossible!
[eventually lets her go]
Hélène Régnier: [whiny] Oooohhh...
[...]
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Slooooow-burning drama
6 March 2010 | by gridoon2018See all my reviews

The main problem with "La Rupture" / "The Breach" is that it goes on for a full two hours, but its story is really quite simple and did not need so long to play out. And this is much more of a drama than a thriller, so there is little tension or suspense. Chabrol's clever camera-work, Pierre Jansen's weird music score, and a plethora of kooky characters help create a hypnotic, sometimes even surreal effect. But the film is very slow and talky, and on top of that it ends rather unsatisfyingly. Stéphane Audran plays a strong female character, Jean-Pierre Cassel is excellent as her suave and manipulative new "friend", but the most fun performances come from the supporting roles; Catherine Rouvel spends much of the movie showing off her magnificent body in the nude. Overall, a film for patient and dedicated Chabrol fans. ** out of 4.


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