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Pleasure Party (1975)

Une partie de plaisir (original title)
Phillipe and Esther live an apparently idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss, Phillipe decides that he and Esther should each have affairs, being ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writer:

Paul Gégauff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danièle Gégauff Danièle Gégauff ... Esther
Paul Gégauff Paul Gégauff ... Philippe
Clémence Gégauff Clémence Gégauff ... Elise
Paula Moore Paula Moore ... Sylvia Murdoch
Cécile Vassort ... Annie
Giancarlo Sisti Giancarlo Sisti ... Habib
Mario Santini Mario Santini ... Rosco
Michel Valette Michel Valette ... Katkof
Pierre Santini Pierre Santini ... Michel
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Le codétenu
Jean Cherlian Jean Cherlian
Jacqueline Clément Jacqueline Clément
Alain David Alain David
Tony Librizzi Tony Librizzi
Dominique Marcas Dominique Marcas
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Storyline

Phillipe and Esther live an apparently idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss, Phillipe decides that he and Esther should each have affairs, being sure to tell each other openly about them. The plan backfires with tragic results as Phillipe becomes engulfed in jealously. Written by Jim Wade

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Drama

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Language:

French

Release Date:

15 January 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jean-Louis Trintignant was originally offered the role of Philippe but he refused. Paul Gégauff took it upon himself to play the role, acting alongside his ex-wife Danièle Gégauff and their daughter Clémence Gégauff See more »

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A pretty unlikeable story and main character make this one hard to fully get behind
29 April 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

The Pleasure Party was made during Claude Chabrol's strongest period, where he made most of his best films. Unfortunately, however, this is a lesser effort from the great man even if it does share some similarities with his best work. It's a marriage drama about a couple who have a conversation one night where the husband admits past infidelities and goes on to actively encourage his faithful wife to pursue other sexual relationships, allowing for them to have an open marriage. This they do but it backfires on him as he gets increasingly jealous of his wife's affairs.

The subject of infidelity is one that Chabrol covered many times in his films and here is no different. Similar to other works, the way the characters deal with news of extramarital affairs here is with not much more than a Gallic shrug, which always seems somewhat unrealistic. But then I suspect Chabrol was never purely going for realism and these infidelities were really a springboard to examine other psychological things. I think the single most differentiating factor comparing The Pleasure Party to other similarly themed Chabrol films is that the storyline and central character are very unpleasant indeed. Paul Gégauff, who also wrote this thing based on his own experiences, plays a version of himself and his unfortunate wife is also played by his real wife of the time, Danièle Gégauff. I really hope that this was not really a true representation of himself as the husband character in this one was a real low-life. Interestingly, several years later Gégauff was actually murdered by a later wife, so it does make you wonder I have to say…

Offsetting the highly unsympathetic central character and unpleasant storyline is a typical Chabrol pastel colour scheme and a classical music soundtrack; both of which contrast quite noticeably with the content of the story. By the end of the film I have to admit wondering just what the message was and who we were being asked to sympathise with. An odd film but not one you would rush back to very quickly.


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