WOMAN NEXT DOOR, THE

Moderate sexual references

Film synopsis

Following the success of The Last Metro, this was Francois Truffaut’s second film with Gerard Depardieu – and the first of two with future wife, Fanny Ardant – and stands as the director’s most startling and anguished portrait of destructive passion.

Bernard Coudray (Depardieu) is an unassuming father in a loving marriage, but his life is thrown into turmoil when a former lover, Mathilde Bauchard (Ardant), unwittingly rents a neighbouring house with her husband. Still haunted by their unreconciled past, the pair contemplate resuming the relationship before it deteriorates into obsession,  irrational jealousy and inevitable tragedy. Only Madame Jouve, a local who was crippled due to a botched suicide over a failed affair, can offer them a way out.

Perfectly executed by a master storyteller in his prime, and featuring outstanding performances from star-crossed lovers Depardieu and Ardant, this is essential Truffaut.

 

Running time

100 minutes

Country of origin

France

Year of production

1981

Cast

Gérard Depardie
Fanny Ardant
Henri Garci

Director

François Truffaut

Producer

François Truffaut

Genres

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