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The Woman Next Door (1981)

La femme d'à côté (original title)
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Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (original scenario), Suzanne Schiffman (original scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard Coudray
Fanny Ardant ... Mathilde Bauchard
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Philippe Bauchard
Michèle Baumgartner Michèle Baumgartner ... Arlette Coudray
Roger Van Hool Roger Van Hool ... Roland Duguet
Véronique Silver Véronique Silver ... Madame Odile Jouve
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Doctor
Nicole Vauthier Nicole Vauthier
Muriel Combe Muriel Combe
Olivier Becquaert Olivier Becquaert ... Thomas Coudray
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Storyline

Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion of Bernard and Mathilde, who had a passionate love affair years ago. The relationship revives... A somber study of human feelings. Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 September 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woman Next Door See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The line where Fanny Ardant says "You behave like you are a policeman and I'm a thief" is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock, who frequently used variations on this theme in his films. See more »

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[last lines]
Madame Odile Jouve: I suspect that Mathilde and Bernard won't be buried together. if I had to select an epitaph for them it would be, "Neither with you, nor without you.", but I doubt whether I'll be asked.
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The tragedy of cinema
29 May 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Bernard is happily married to his wife Arlette and has a son, Thomas. One day a new couple move in next door: Philippe and Mathilde, the latter of whom is a seductive woman with a secret -- she used to be Bernard's lover...

I love Truffaut's films (of the ones I've seen, anyway) and when I approached this I had a genuine fear of disappointment -- it's one of his later films and I hadn't heard very much about it.

I was surprised to find it's an excellent love story/character examination and better than it is generally given credit for. It's the typically tragic tale reminiscent of those we've seen before in cinema -- a French Romeo and Juliet.

Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant are perfect together and their chemistry sparks. They have the experience that indicates an older relationship; it's very believable, in other words.

Roger Van Hool has a good role as Roland and the rest of the cast are superb as well. Overall this is a fascinating examination of love, marriage, romance, adultery, betrayal and life. In the hands of a master storyteller it is an almost flawless motion picture and certainly one of the best of the decade (one which, incidentally, is not known for producing many good pictures by most critics).


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