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.
|Moderate sexual references|