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Avortement clandestin! (1973)

Sophie, a young employee, gets raped on her way back from work and realizes some time later that she is pregnant. She does not want to keep the baby but abortion is illegal. Who can she ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sophie Beltois (as Dylie Dargent)
Monique Gérard ... La mère de Sophie
Daniel Bellus ... Jacques
Olivier Mathot ... Le directeur de l'agence
... Marie-France
Marcel Charvey ... Le premier docteur
René Bériard
Alix Mahieux ... Mme Brunet - la bouchère
France Nicolas ... L'infirmière
Pierre Taylou ... le docteur Smith - un médecin anglais
Antoine Fontaine ... Le docteur Anderson - un médecin anglais
Simone Berthier ... La mère de Jacques
Lily Baron ... L'accoucheuse
Jean Roville ... Le juge
John Oury ... Un violeur


Sophie, a young employee, gets raped on her way back from work and realizes some time later that she is pregnant. She does not want to keep the baby but abortion is illegal. Who can she tell? She first keeps her secret to herself but Jacques, her boyfriend, notices something is the matter with her and manages to make her talk. When he learns about her lot, he advises her to let her mother know. First, the distressed Sophie is unable to as she feels too low but, at long last, she does it. Sophie's mother, who immediately sympathizes with her daughter, undertakes to find a way out, why not a in a London clinic? Written by Guy Bellinger

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19 April 1973 (France)  »

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Abortus in het geheim  »

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Edited into Vergewaltigt (1976) See more »

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Et Pourtant ... (La Loi De 1920)
24 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

As Pierre Chevalier was famous first for his coarse comedies,then ,in the seventies,for his pornographic movies ,it was easy to relegate "Avortement Clandestin!"(illegal abortion ) to the sex movies ghetto;and however,people who are looking for a dirty flick will not get something out of it.A three-minute orgy depiction when the heroine is raped and that's it.

Sophie is a working-class girl ;she is still living with her mom who has still two children to raise (the father left home four years before);she's got a boyfriend and she lives in the nine-to-five routine.

After her rape,she becomes pregnant;it's 1973 and it would be two more years before the Loi Veil.Rich people can get away with it,going to England or to the Netherlands ,or paying high prices to doctors who abuses their position (the honest doctor tells her so).There is no other course left to a poor girl but to see a street abortionist (a Violette Nozières of the seventies)in 1973.The screenplay does not pass over in silence the power of money and a scene showing rich bourgeois would not have been out of place in a Chabrol's work.As ,the Gendarme says,Sophie and his mom (given away to the authorities by holier-than-thou gossips )are decent people ;and if Sophie's discharged ,her voice over reminds us of other girls' fate,less happy than hers.

Scenes show women marching on the streets ,and the legalization of abortion,thanks to a great political woman,Simone Veil,was a big victory for women's lib.

Like this? try these ....

"Violette Nozières" Claude Chabrol

"L'Amour Violé " Yannick Bellon

(only for highbrows) "Masculin -Feminin " (Godard)

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