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Homme et une Femme, Un (1966)

Original Title : Un homme et une femme
Director : Claude Lelouch
Writer : Claude Lelouch
Pierre Uytterhoeven
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Claude Lelouch
Music : Vinicius De Moraes
Francis Lai
Baden Powell
Photography : Claude Lelouch
Patrice Pouget
IMDB ID : 0061138
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Homme et une Femme, Un (1966) - Claude Lelouch
 

Starring

Anouk Aimée Anne Gauthier
Jean-Louis Trintignant Jean-Louis Duroc
Pierre Barouh Pierre Gautier
Valérie Lagrange Valerie Duroc
Antoine Sire Antoine Duroc (as Antoine
Souad Amidou Françoise Gauthier (as Souad
Henri Chemin Jean-Louis' Codriver
Yane Barry Mistress of Jean-Louis
Paul Le Person Garage Man
Simone Paris Head Mistress
Simone Paris Head Mistress
 

Plot

A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens' boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow/widower. Each is slow to reveal anything personal so that each revelation is hidden by a misperception. They become friends, then close friends, and then she reveals that she can't have a lover because, for her, her husband's memory is still too strong. Much of the film is told wordlessly in action, or through hearing one of their thoughts as they go about their day.
 

Comments

mixed feelings after watching this love-classic It's very hard to understand why this movie is considered THE love story of the sixties. Of course it has great quality: the charm and the simplicity of the story, the true emotions and two great actors, who manage to keep their performances sober as well as intense. But the switching between black-and white and color images don't make sense, because they are randomly used. And then there's the music by Francis Lay that is way overrated and even gets a little bit annoying towards the end. The racing-images aren't that interesting and take too much time and some of the flashbacks are a bit ludicrous (especially the one of Aimee's former husband singing a Samba (?) song). But the strength of the script is still there and THAT really is the main quality of this film.
 
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