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Confidentially Yours (1983)

Vivement dimanche! (original title)
Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place than Julien Vercel, an estate agent that knew him and whose fingerprints are found on Massoulier's car. As the police discovers... See full summary »

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François Truffaut

Writers:

Charles Williams (novel), François Truffaut (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Barbara Becker
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Julien Vercel
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Massoulier (the priest)
Philippe Laudenbach ... Maitre Clement
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Supt. Santelli
Xavier Saint-Macary Xavier Saint-Macary ... Bertrand Fabre
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Louison
Caroline Silhol Caroline Silhol ... Marie-Christine Vercel (as Caroline Sihol)
Castel Casti Castel Casti
Anik Belaubre Anik Belaubre ... Paule Delbecq
Yann Dedet Yann Dedet ... Angel Face
Nicole Félix Nicole Félix ... The scarfaced whore
Georges Koulouris Georges Koulouris ... Lablache
Pascale Pellegrin Pascale Pellegrin ... Secretarial candidate
Roland Thénot Roland Thénot ... Jambreau
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Storyline

Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place than Julien Vercel, an estate agent that knew him and whose fingerprints are found on Massoulier's car. As the police discovers that Marie-Christine Vercel, Julien's wife, was Massoulier's mistress, Julien is very suspected. But his secretary, Barbara Becker, while not quite convinced he is innocent, defends him and leads her private investigations... Written by Yepok

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 August 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Confidentially Yours See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyères, Var, France See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

François Truffaut's final film and a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. Truffaut was an expert on Hitchcock and a great admirer of his work throughout his career. See more »

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When the corpse is wheeled out of Vercel's residence, its eyes noticeably open and move. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Becker: It's really unfair. If a boss can fire me, why can't I fire him?
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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Ardant shines in what is an homage and (slight) sunversion
30 April 2018 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The subversion here is that this is one of the Hitchcock "Wrong Man" type of movies, where a character (in his films it was always a man since, I suppose, that was his only real frame of reference when it came to these complicated thrillers as far as who the audience could see themselves in), but the one who is really figuring everything out and doing all of the hard work is Fanny Ardant's character. One might want to feel bad that Trintagnant is in this position of needing to prove his innocence, but for much of the film he seems to be in his own office hiding away while Ardant goes off to Nice, pretends to be a street-walker, follows suspicious characters and does all the work that one usually sees someone with authority do.

Of course Ardant's Barbara isn't some professional at this and gets thrown into the thick of this mystery as much as Julien. But it's just the clever twist Truffaut (and writer and longtime collaborator Suzanne Schiffman) found adapting this book: we actually can have strong and quick-minded women who can solve a case bit by bit - in this case, as we see, a little acting training helps the learning curve - and I was impressed by just how much Truffaut puts on Ardant's shoulders to carry.

When I got the DVD, I thought it would be the typical thing of it being Tritignant's movie with his lady friend by his side (again, think back to 39 Steps and North by Northwest for that template). So while Truffaut and Almendros get rich black and white photography of this story, setting it in a mood moreso than a specific time (some of Barbara's clothes cant be mistaken for being from after 1980), the film has a solid progressive undercurrent to it all. She has total agency, and Ardant is charming, assertive, and compelling in her performance (Tritignant is good too, though after a while I found his demeanor kind of one note - she carries much more of the charm between him, though he does try).

Is some of this a little light or too reliant on those "a-ha# those two names match, snap fingers!" beats? Absolutely. That's part of the fun though, and if you key into it then theres not too much one needs to intellectualize about what goes on (unless one wants to read even deeper into the gender politics of it all, how women have to but also chose to act in a number of ways when its this male dominated sorta-scuzzy French crime world of the movies). What cant help but be brought up, as so many have done, is that this was Truffaut's final movie. It never has that feel of being some total, all-encompassing statement to me about Truffaut and his beloved Hitch. One can certainly try to read it that way, but I doubt he knew what was to come that would take him from the world so tragically young (he was 51, 52 I think, he was 50 when this came out).

While I wouldn't rank what is Confidentially Yours as a light (though not necessarily overly comic) twisty dramatic-thriller as one of his finest, to his credit he didn't go out slumming it either; if anything, its style helps make it so that if one wanted to go from, say, Shoot the Piano Player right into this, the quality wouldn't be a terrible drop off.


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