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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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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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The Breach (1970) had a total of 927,678 admissions in France. 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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References The Undefeated (1969) See more »

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featuring the best"acid" hallucinations on film!
19 November 2002 | by pyamadaSee all my reviews

The parents of Charles, the loser and addict husband, who are impossibly bourgeoise, begin the cycle of dishonesty and class warfare, in their attempt to gain custody of the child. Helene is followed, harassed and finally drugged; her fear, paranoia and her hallucinations are "real" and very powerful. This is Chabrol at his best, giving a scathing critique of the whims and overall avarice of the bourgeoise and upper class while showing you the terrible fate of a very mortal character who is trying to escape from the mistake of marrying wealth and position.


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France | Italy | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 August 1970 (France) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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