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3.6
93 Ratings

Paris Frills

Falbalas

Directed by Jacques Becker
France, 1945
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Philippe Clarence runs a successful fashion house in Paris, but he is also a shameful womaniser. When he learns that his fabric supplier, Daniel, is engaged to be married, he flirts with the future bride, Micheline. However, Micheline falls instantly in love with Philippe.

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Paris Frills Directed by Jacques Becker

Critics reviews

It’s full of volleying motion between story moments (the tryst between the boss and his lover) and go-nowhere detour; it’s an enriching process, never one that detracts from Becker’s concerns within sequences. But when the director is forced to play to the rules of the genre—or in the case of Falbalas, the simple requirement that this otherwise light story be resolved as a tragedy of hubris—his innovations are muted, his flair for characterization curbed by the demands of the genre.
June 19, 2017
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