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Juste Avant La Nuit (1971)

Original Title : Juste avant la nuit
Director : Claude Chabrol
Writer : Edouard Atiyah
Claude Chabrol
Country : Italy
Producer : André Génovès
Music : Pierre Jansen
Photography : Jean Rabier
Distributor : Libra Films
IMDB ID : 0073221
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Juste Avant La Nuit (1971) - Claude Chabrol
 

Starring

Stéphane Audran Hélène Masson
Michel Bouquet Charles Masson
François Périer François Tellier
Henri Attal Cavanna
Jean Carmet Jeannot
Celia Jacqueline
Anna Douking Laura Tellier
Marcel Gassouk Barman
Pascal Gillot Auguste Masson
Daniel Lecourtois Dorfmann
Sylvie Lenoir Commissaire Delfeil
Dominique Marcas Madame Masson
Antonio Passalia Joséphine Masson
Gilbert Servien Un policier
Paul Temps Bardin
Dominique Zardi Prince
Marina Ninchi Gina Mallardi
Jean-Marie Arnoux Un agent (uncredited
Michel Duchaussoy Un homme à l'enterrement (uncredited
 

Plot

Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games goes too far. Dazed, Charles walks out of the borrowed apartment in Paris and soon bumps into François in a nearby bistro. They drive back together to Versailles, where they have beautiful neighboring houses designed by François. The owner of the apartment had seen Laura and Charles together two months earlier, but she does not tell the police on the advice of François. Even though the police do not seem to have any clues to the crime, Charles has a difficult time coping with the situation, and trying to live a normal life with his two children and loving wife Hélène.
 

Comments

A middle-class morality tale, a compassionate study of a murderer, 8 November 1999 Author: PeggyLee from Buffalo, New York An extraordinary film. Chabrol turns his keen eye and powers of observation to middle-class morality and psychological torment, never losing his rich sense of humor. The characters are complex and their motivations not always easy to discern. Chabrol views them caustically but also with compassion. It is part of a series of several terrific films he made between 1968 and 1973. Most fans of Chabrol consider this his pre-eminent period, and this film one of his very best.