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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:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 September 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The movie Bernard is talking about during the first meeting with Odile Jouve is Tod Browning's The Unknown (1927). 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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References Heat of Desire (1981) See more »

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Sad tale of doomed love
7 August 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

La Femme d'a Cote shows violent emotional state of two melancholic lovers.Truffaut wanted to reveal the extreme steps of frustrated love.It is a brilliant story of passion set in the provincial french town of Grenoble which shows that love is the only thing that is universal.Bernard and Mathilde are truly the perfect lovers Truffaut wished to exploit in his film.There is a sense of urgency in their love affair as in a place where all the people know each other,it is highly improbable that any love affair can remain a secret.La Femme d'a Cote has agreeably given an idea about small town charm wherein Truffaut has vividly portrayed all the minor details of provincial life.Truffaut,while filming La Femme d'a Cote,hoped that the viewer would not be tempted to take sides in order to call one wrong and the other wrong but would love them both as he has loved them.Truffaut will remain the only filmmaker who has mastered the art of human emotions.La Femme d'a Cote gives an impression of an affecting account of human foibles by illustrating how a happy married man sacrifices everything for trivial passion.


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