Among the great Francois Truffaut films, this lavish period drama follows a doomed romantic triangle and is inevitably compared to Jules and Jim, another three-way love story based on a novel by Henri-Pierre Roche. Truffaut regular Jean-Pierre Leaud (who played Antoine Doinel in five Truffaut films, starting with The 400 Blows) plays Claude, a young Frenchman who is persuaded by his friend Anne, an outgoing British artist, to join her on a trip to Wales to meet her sister Muriel. So begins a complex and destructive romantic manage-a-trois as the permissive Claude falls for both sisters, vacillating between them for years to come. Rich cinematography, virtuoso performances, and an expert dissection of sex, art and infidelity, makes this turn-of-the-century drama vintage Truffaut.
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