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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 / Husband
Paula Moore Paula Moore ... Sylvia / Wife
Clémence Gégauff Clémence Gégauff ... Elise / Esther and Philippe's daughter
Cécile Vassort ... Annie
Giancarlo Sisti Giancarlo Sisti ... Habib / Esther's lover
Mario Santini Mario Santini ... Rosco
Michel Valette Michel Valette ... Katkof
Pierre Santini Pierre Santini ... Michel
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Le codétenu / The fellow
Aurora Maris Aurora Maris ... Louise
Jean-Christophe Queff Jean-Christophe Queff ... François (as Jean-Chrsitophe Quef)
Alain David Alain David
Tony Librizzi Tony Librizzi
Dominique Marcas Dominique Marcas ... Saleswoman
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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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Dark and nightmarish tale of married life...
31 March 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Pleasure Party is yet another offering from the great Claude Chabrol that puts it's central focus on the director's all time favourite subject; that being infidelity. The director has explored this topic previously in films such as The Unfaithful Wife and Wedding in Blood (among others), but Pleasure Party stands out because it's an overall much darker tale than what went before, and may well be a contender for Chabrol's all time darkest film. The film really is not much fun at all to watch, but I would liken it to a car crash - the similarity being the fact that it's difficult to take your eyes off what you're seeing, despite perhaps wanting to. The plot focuses on married couple Philippe and Esther who live with their young daughter Elise. After an awkward conversation one day in which Philippe admits infidelity, it is decided (mostly from his side) that they should see other people as well as each other. It's not long before this plan backfires in spectacular fashion as Ester meets Habib and Phillipe becomes very jealous of their relationship...

Despite the ugly plot, in typical Chabrol fashion; the film is very nice to look at, which offsets the tone of the film nicely. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and as ever, the director pulls good performances out of all his lead performers. Paul Gégauff may not quite have the screen presence of Jean Yanne or Michel Bouquet, but the character fits him like a glove and I really cant see anyone else in the role. His wife, Danièle Gegauff, plays second fiddle somewhat to her co-star, but also puts in a very good and believable performance. The film really all centres on the leading man, which isn't surprising since the actor is also the scriptwriter. Everything about the story flows from his character and the film is actually more about his ego and need to control his wife than it is about infidelity. The film does not feature shocks and thrills - rather it is a continual and intense grinding down of the audience as we witness the lead character self destruct, become a shadow of himself, and take down everyone around him. Pleasure Party is not one of Chabrol's best films; but it's an undoubtedly interesting movie from one of France's premier film directors.


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