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Just Before Nightfall (1971)

Juste avant la nuit (original title)
Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Edouard Atiyah (novel), Claude Chabrol
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Bouquet ... Charles Masson
Stéphane Audran ... Hélène Masson
François Périer ... François Tellier
Jean Carmet ... Jeannot
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Prince
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Cavanna
Paul Temps Paul Temps ... Bardin
Daniel Lecourtois ... Dorfmann
Clelia Matania ... Mme Masson (as Clélia Matania)
Celia Celia ... Jacqueline
Pascal Gillot Pascal Gillot ... Auguste Masson
Brigitte Périn Brigitte Périn ... Joséphine Masson
Marcel Gassouk Marcel Gassouk ... Barman
Anna Douking Anna Douking ... Laura Tellier
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Commissaire Delfeil
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Storyline

Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games goes too far. Dazed, Charles walks out of the borrowed apartment in Paris and soon bumps into François in a nearby bistro. They drive back together to Versailles, where they have beautiful neighboring houses designed by François. The owner of the apartment had seen Laura and Charles together two months earlier, but she does not tell the police on the advice of François. Even though the police do not seem to have any clues to the crime, Charles has a difficult time coping with the situation, and trying to live a normal life with his two children and loving wife Hélène. Written by Will Gilbert

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 March 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Just Before Nightfall See more »

Filming Locations:

La Mure, Isère, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

The house and garden of the couple in the film, Charles and Hélène Masson - played by Michel Bouquet and Stéphane Audran - were designed and built by the architect Jack Hamoniau. See more »

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Version of Onna no naka no futatsu no kao (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Original lyrics by Joseph Mohr and music by Franz Xaver Gruber, French lyrics by unknown lyricst
Played and sung in the Christmas morning scene
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A middle-class morality tale, a compassionate study of a murderer
8 November 1999 | by PeggyLeeSee all my reviews

An extraordinary film. Chabrol turns his keen eye and powers of observation to middle-class morality and psychological torment, never losing his rich sense of humor. The characters are complex and their motivations not always easy to discern. Chabrol views them caustically but also with compassion. It is part of a series of several terrific films he made between 1968 and 1973. Most fans of Chabrol consider this his pre-eminent period, and this film one of his very best.


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