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La veuve Couderc (1971)

Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow. She is happy because World War I is over and she is ... See full summary »

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Georges Simenon (based on the novel by), Pierre Granier-Deferre (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alain Delon ... Jean Lavigne
Simone Signoret ... Veuve Couderc Tati
Ottavia Piccolo ... Félicie
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Henri
Monique Chaumette Monique Chaumette ... Françoise
Boby Lapointe Boby Lapointe ... Désiré
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Le commissaire Mallet
Robert Favart Robert Favart
André Rouyer André Rouyer ... Policeman
François Valorbe François Valorbe ... Le colonel croix-de-feu
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Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow. She is happy because World War I is over and she is enjoying being in control of the farm. And then she hires the handsome stranger who helped her carry the new incubator for chicks from the bus and across the canal. In the house by the canal with the job of raising and lowering the bridge for passing boats lives the widow's envious sister-in-law along with husband and nubile daughter. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Their interests were worlds apart but strange events brought them close together

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Drama | Action | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 October 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Widow Couderc See more »

Filming Locations:

Cheuge, Côte-d'Or, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 59255 delivered on 11-11-1971. See more »

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Not one stain of blood on Alain Delon's immaculate white shirt after his character has been shot by a barrage of gendarmes. See more »

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Very slow and deliberately paced.
3 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"La Veuve Couderc" comes on a disc that also includes one of Alain Delon's very best films, "Diaboliquement Vôtre"-- truly terrific suspense film. While "Le Veuve Couderc" is not nearly as good, as long as you're watching one of the films, you may as well watch the other. However, just be forewarned that "Le Veuve Couderc" is MUCH slower and may be too slow for some audiences.

The film begins with a middle-aged woman (Simon Signoret) being assisted by a traveler (Alain Delon) to carry her new incubator back to the farm. He asks if she has more work and she hires him without knowing more about the man. The widow turns out to be a rather sad character with a sad past--though she doesn't dwell on this. She also has some in-laws that give her no end of trouble. What about Delon? See the film and find out more about the stranger.

As I mentioned above, the film is pretty slow. It's well acted BUT perhaps the acting is, at times, a bit too muted. I would have loved some more energy in the film. This doesn't mean you shouldn't watch. It also didn't help that you didn't feel much connection with the characters.

By the way, although you probably won't care, the history teacher in me was a bit annoyed because Félicie's hairstyle is NOT period--she looked to be from much later. It's a little thing but I am surprised they didn't catch this.


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