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In the Affirmative (1964)

L'amour avec des si (original title)
A middle aged man gives a young woman a lift. On the car radio, news bulletins warn the population against a recently escaped sadist who is known to prey on young women.


Claude Lelouch
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Complete credited cast:
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Robert Blam
Janine Magnan Janine Magnan ... L'auto-stoppeuse
Jean Franval Jean Franval ... Un policier (as Franval)
Richard Saint-Bris Richard Saint-Bris ... Le commissaire (as Saint-Bris)
France-Noëlle France-Noëlle ... La patronne de l'hôtel
Jacques Martin Jacques Martin ... Le journaliste
Jean Daurand Jean Daurand ... Le patron du relais routier (as Daurand)
Bernard Papineau ... (as Papineau)
Mosin Mosin
Joëlle Picaud Joëlle Picaud ... La victime du bois
Lyonnais Lyonnais
Jacqueline Morane Jacqueline Morane ... (as Morane)
Rita Maiden ... La servante du restaurant


A middle aged man gives a young woman a lift. On the car radio, news bulletins warn the population against a recently escaped sadist who is known to prey on young women.

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Drama | Thriller


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Some of the scenes were shot at the Channel coast near Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais and the main character is wrong when he says "The Americans landed here". The Allied forces were expected to land there in 1944 but instead chose Normandy, some 250 km from there. However, the old German bunkers belonging to the Atlantic Wall, as well as some rare footage of the actual landing intersected into the film are real. See more »


References The Virgins (1963) See more »


Written and Performed by Danyel Gérard
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If ifs and ands were pots and pans ...........
9 May 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

First thing to bear in mind is that,although labelled "nouvelle vague" when he began,Claude Lelouch actually hated this school "which killed all the directors I liked" .

This one may sound "nouvelle vague" ,but ,fortunately it does not concern young people contemplating their navels ,soul-searching....and no "deep" , "meaningful "but empty sentences either .instead ,the viewer rejoices in the presence of tongue-in -cheek conversations or broadcasts .

"L'Amour Avec Des Si" is a very intriguing work ,much better than Lelouch's interminable pretentious blockbusters: his sense of humor which would emerge again in entertaining comedies such as "le voyou" or "la bonne année" , is present in the riotously funny scene of the restaurant ;his disgust for death penalty would be the subject of one of his best efforts "la vie l'amour la mort" .

A sex maniac -whose responsible for many rapes , women and child abuse - escapes from jail ,steals a car and heads for the snowed up of Normandy ; he gives a lift to a hitch-hiker ,a naive young girl who "does not believe in rapes,it's only in the movies or in the novels ".What will become of her in the hands of such a monster? The man reveals himself considering ,tender, romantic and gallant :only a façade?

The movie is intertwined with cinema verite interviews in the street (a process Lelouch would resume in "vivre pour vivre" ) by Jacques Martin : many persons are asked about their thoughts about rape : the average man (and mostly woman) ; the general opinion adds up to a consensus that well... Men can be monsters but women are sometimes teasers.A second cinema verite live commentary about a miners strike is downright unseemly :social concern has never been Lelouch's forte.

In many a thriller ,the unexpected end has now become de rigueur.Here ,Lelouch double -jumped his future contenders by giving the viewer TWO unexpected ends (and even three ,if we consider the hero's last sentence)

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2 February 1966 (France) See more »

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Les Films 13 See more »
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1.37 : 1
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