SOFT SKIN, THE

Mild themes and sexual references, Infrequent mild violence

Film synopsis

Following his classic Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut consolidated his rank as the rising master of French cinema with The Soft Skin (1964), a sometimes neglected but integral film to the Truffaut canon. Starring the gorgeous Francoise Dorlac (Cul-de-sac) – older sister of Catherine Deneuve – in one of her finest roles, this controversial study of love and betrayal follows a famous scholar (Jean Desailly – Le Professionnel) as he becomes infatuated with an airline stewardess during a lecture tour and hopelessly pursues the doomed affair. Famously echoing Truffaut’s own life – he engaged in numerous affairs that caused the breakup of his marriage – the film is expertly carried by stage actor Desailly, who combines charming aloofness with quiet desperation as he falls into a maze of lust and deceit.

Running time

112 minutes

Country of origin

France

Year of production

1964

Cast

Francoise Dorlac
Jean Desailly

Director

François Truffaut

Producer

François Truffaut

Genres

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