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Les bonnes femmes

Directed by Claude Chabrol
France, Italy, 1960
Drama, Mystery, Romance


Four very different shopgirls pursue love—and are pursued—in their own ways. But the chic, glittering energy of Paris comes with a mysterious dark side…

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Les bonnes femmes Directed by Claude Chabrol

Critics reviews

Les bonnes femmes is probably Chabrol’s most pessimistic work, harping relentlessly on vulgarity, boorishness, and cruelty. Focusing on four young woman who work from nine to seven at an electrical appliance store in Paris, the film offers a definitive look at what they want from life and how poorly they fare in their aspirations — culminating in a remarkable, ambiguous final sequence set in a dancehall, leaving everything up to the audience’s troubled imagination.
June 01, 2000
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Chabrol’s satire is too savage for comfort, and so we react by calling Chabrol brutal, vulgar, and just plain horrid. I have done so myself in the past, but after a third viewing, Les Bonnes Femmes suddenly reveals itself as a work of extraordinary compassion, almost a fifth Gospel of four women, essentially and unironically good women, crucified in close-up at the climax of their disillusionment.
May 06, 1966
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