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La rivale (1974)

Middle-aged lust :a man ,in his thirteenth and therefore omen-filled marriage year ,cheats on his wife.


Sergio Gobbi


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Credited cast:
Jean Piat Jean Piat ... Pierre
Bibi Andersson ... Blanche Huysman
Geneviève Fontanel Geneviève Fontanel ... Claire
Valentine Tessier Valentine Tessier ... La grand-mère / Grandma
Maurice Biraud ... Jean-Claude
Françoise Fleury Françoise Fleury ... Jean-Claude's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Gobbi Nicole Gobbi ... La servante (as Nicole Argent)


A man,preyed to middle-aged lust ,has a love affair with a woman who works at the pharmacy .But his wife overhears their phone call and she decides to make acquaintance with her rival.She disguises herself and puts on a wig .Both women become friends ,unbeknownst to the husband .But it's more and more difficult to satisfy his two loves ;besides he might meet them when they are together. Written by dbdumonteil

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February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Husband His Mistress and I See more »

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Caviar on toast is better than radishes .
15 October 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Jean Piat ,who recently passed away ,was a famous stage actor ,who made a handful of movies and many MTV works .Bibi Andersson is a world-wide famous actress , known for the work she did with Ingmar Bergman ; Genevieve Fontanel and Valentine Tessier (whose most famous part was madame Bovary in Renoir's eponymous film) could provide them with good support.Given the talent involved,it's a shame they were given such trite hackneyed material to work with: the umpteenth story of the husband preyed to middle-aged lust :he has a love affair his wife overhears during a phone call ;she decides to make acquaintance with her "rival " (hence the title).This is a screenplay straight out of the ark ,and mediocre director Sergio Gobbi does nothing to rectify this ponderous vaudeville .

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