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Bonnes Femmes, Les (1960)

Original Title : Bonnes femmes, Les
Director : Claude Chabrol
Writer : Claude Chabrol
Paul Gégauff
Paul Gégauff
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Raymond Hakim , Robert Hakim
Music : Pierre Jansen
Paul Misraki
Photography : Henri Decaë
IMDB ID : 0053666
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poster for "Bonnes Femmes, Les" by Claude Chabrol (1960)
Bonnes Femmes, Les (1960) - Claude Chabrol
 

Starring

Bernadette Lafont Jane
Clotilde Joano Jacqueline
Stéphane Audran Ginette
Lucile Saint-Simon Rita
Pierre Bertin Le patron du magasin
Jean-Louis Maury Marcel
Albert Dinan Albert
Ave Ninchi Mme Louise
Sacha Briquet Henri
Claude Berri Le copain de Jane
Jean Barclay Le chef d'orchestre
Philippe Castelli André Lapierre rest of cast listed alphabetically Henri Attal .... Un ami de Jane et Jacqueline
Serge Bento Nounours
Karen Blanguernon La fille du bal
Claude Chabrol Client in café
Charles Bayard (uncredited
Charles Belmont (uncredited
Liliane David Une fille à la piscine (uncredited
Simone Landry (uncredited
Louison Roblin (uncredited
László Szabó (uncredited
 

Plot

Ginette, Rita, Jacqueline and Jane try to find fulfillment and love in their lives. Rita has a fiancé whose family is obsessed with social distinction, Jane has a boy-friend in the army, but does not hesitate to enjoy herself with chance encounters, Ginette has a mysterious passion that keeps her away from her colleagues at nights. Jacqueline is lonely, but who is that mysterious bike-rider who is constantly following her ?
 

Comments

Chabrol's masterstroke The 'overacting of the boss' mentioned in the previous comment is totally intentional! Chabrol is playing around with genres here, exaggerating for effect. He straddles the fence between comedy and tragedy for the entire film, veering this way and that whenever it serves his purpose: to paint an allegory of absurd modern existence through the soul of modern young females. The surreal modern music at the beginning clues you in, and the awesome final scene with the empty, tragic eyes of the girl finding her only happiness when a man asks her to dance brings it all together beautifully. Man! what a great film! I didn't want to leave the theater after watching it twice in a row, but I was too tired. As disappointing as Chabrol's films have been to me over the years, this one was a jackhammer of a surprise. The Hitchcock elements are there but they don't dominate and straitjacket everything else. On a level with "Breathless," "Shoot the Piano Player," yet completely unlike either of them, this film defines the "New Wave" aesthetic, which to this day, some forty years later provides a standard for Tarantino types to strive for. Films like these can only be directed by masters who have the nerve and audacity to bend genres to their whim and speak their ultimate truth through the nature of the medium itself.
 
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