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Le faux pas (1965)

During a walk along the cliffs not far from Marseille, Elisa Langerot sees her husband slip and fall to his death. Inexplicably, Elisa flees the scene of the accident, stops a passing ... See full summary »

Director:

Antoine d'Ormesson

Writers:

Bernard Thomas (dialogue), Antoine d'Ormesson (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Dominique Paturel Dominique Paturel ... Philippe Morçot
Yori Bertin ... Elisa Langerot
Jean-Claude Pascal ... Robert Langerot
Florence Vainer Florence Vainer ... La Fiancée de Philippe
Martial Rèbe Martial Rèbe ... Le Domestique
Pierre Marty Pierre Marty
Laurence Thielen Laurence Thielen
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During a walk along the cliffs not far from Marseille, Elisa Langerot sees her husband slip and fall to his death. Inexplicably, Elisa flees the scene of the accident, stops a passing driver and tells him a made-up story about a stolen car, concealing her husband's death. Feeling sorry for the girl, the driver, Philippe Morçot, gives her a lift and later lets her stay at his house. The good deed, however, doesn't go unpunished, and soon Philippe is drawn into Elisa's twilight world of fantasies, lies and paranoia.

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Did he fall or was he pushed?
14 April 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Faux Pas" has two meanings in French : 1)to trip over 2) the expression which the English borrows from French = to make a foolish mistake;both meanings can apply to Ormesson's thriller.

Influenced by the Americans psychological thrillers and the French films noirs of the forties/fifties ,Ormesson knows his classics : the cliff and the mysterious suicidal woman will remind you of "Vertigo " ; the policemen stopping the car is reminiscent of "psycho" ; the rope in the final scenes comes directly from "Plein Soleil " aka " Purple noon" ; the shoes ,shown twice in close shot are Hitchcockesque to the core .

That does not mean "Le Faux Pas" is devoid of interest ,quite the reverse! The director takes advantage of the beautiful landscapes of a rocky coast and of the lovely Cassis harbor on the Riviera ; Jean-Claude Pascal ,who has got only one scene ,makes all his sentences count and the viewer does not know whether he's a good husband or a pervy vulture who wants to latch onto his wife's fortune .The shadow of a coat and of a hat in the dark house makes you feel a human presence .The screenplay may possess considerable appeal for Boileau-Narcejac 's buffs .

Minor quibble :Yori Bertin's performance is quite bland and never,in a month of Sundays , one believes she 's a tormented soul, verging on lunacy :it's not the return of Kim Novak ;besides ,she 's supposed to be Madame Langerot née Greenwood :not only she speaks French without the slightest accent,but she also never utters a single word in her first language !

But the screenplay is strong enough to sustain interest and suspense till the last pictures ;the last sequence is another variation on "vertigo" .


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 January 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The False Step See more »

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Sumer Films See more »
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