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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Renton47's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    The material is well served by a more classical approach, wedged between less composed films in his career. Due to this I had a more immediate reaction than I often do Truffaut and then spent time playing catch up; it was clearly sad, uneasy without too much evident drama. 'Personal' makes sense tho it didn't occur to me watching. The sense of desire having unattainable ends almost overwhelming.

  2. Elena's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    Wow, I wouldn't have imagined this rather slow-paced movie would have such an ending. One again, Truffaut didn't disappoint and delivered his idea brilliantly. For those who believe it's dull or lacks emotions : well, that was the point! He didn't want to romanticize the story, he just let the audience like or criticize on their own.

  3. David Sindmark Hörnfeldt's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    I continue, and continue to fail, my quest to like Truffaut. (Also, it looks like Matteo Renzi travelled in time to play the main character.)

  4. FISCHER's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    L'intimisme à la mode Truffaut, sous le couvert de l'amour clandestin et coupable. Une oeuvre excellente à mettre au registre des passions... www.cinefiches.com

  5. Bogdan Theodor Olteanu's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    2,5 actually Comme ci comme ca - for a Truffaut. Probably had a stronger impact in the 60's. Nice camera now and then.

  6. Fool sentimental's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    3,5 - Françoise Dorléac, sublime!

  7. LauraPalmer's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    Rewatched and re-loved. Françoise Dorléac, what a woman, what a muse.

  8. Walker's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    This film is artful and suspenseful. It draws you in.

  9. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    The scene where he turns the lights on, and with every light the strings on the soundtrack go up a note. That was great. The rest is merely fine. I was a little frustrated with the regression into pure melodrama, and not the good kind either.

  10. john glaves-smith's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    The central character has become wealthy and complacent . Four years after Barthes’ ‘Sur Racine’ his preoccupation with literary biography would identify him to a young audience as intellectually an establishment figure. He seeks the ‘Peau Douce’ his still passionate wife no longer provides. He finds it in a younger woman who is relatively indifferent to sexual contact but is impressed by his fame.

  11. Matthew Martens's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    aka The Fire Without--at least with respect to the unambiguous closure it provides. Unlike Malle's masterpiece, however, Truffaut's pre-bang build-up lacks bite, specificity, and pathos. There's some very nifty, jumpy, up-to-that-minute shot-making on display here, and a lot of wonderfully droop-a-long face-pulling from Jean Desailly's hapless celebrity lit-critic. Damn shame, then, the shallows under the surface.

  12. AdrianM.'s rating of the film The Soft Skin

  13. C's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    hated it until the last 30-40 minutes

  14. Ethan's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    A nice little film about a guy trying to have an affair with an explosive ending that leaves you feeling gratified.

  15. thomasjeff16's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    Gender politics of the '60s. Truffaut channeling his inner Hitchcock.

  16. El Biffo's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    One of those films that may seem a bit boring and predictable but really is worth sitting through to "see how it ends."

  17. Andrew Miller's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    I remember reading that the ending was controversial in some ways (mostly on matters of taste and intelligence). I remember the film fondly, partially because I saw it alongside many other early Truffauts, back in the days of small-town Blockbuster video.

  18. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film The Soft Skin

  19. mariajosecrespo's rating of the film The Soft Skin

  20. Nancarrow's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    + lean and simple - slight and unconvincing .easily forgotten

  21. Cartaphilus's rating of the film The Soft Skin

  22. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    Truffaut's take on a more serious subject. It feels like kitchen sink drama made by Hitchcock. In general, it doesn't feel Truffaut-ian. Not a bad thing mind you, as a director should always stretch his/her wings. It shows how men and women live on opposite side of the worlds. Men expect others to know what they are trying to say, while women desire straight answers. Not spectacular, but still engaging. 7/10

  23. Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    The autobiographical subtext (Truffaut had recently left his wife for the film's star) gives a fascinating, self-lacerating vibe to this story of a bland, timid adulterer who wouldn't be appealing except for his fame. But subtext is just about all that's fascinating; it's 116 minutes, and most of it lacks the vitality, specificity, and humanity required to make truisms feel true or foolish decisions feel natural.

  24. Dalibor's rating of the film The Soft Skin

    A view on a male urge for sex portrayed with compassion, and a female devotion to relationship shown as a compulsive addiction. It doesn't get to elaborate all of it's promised premises, but it does show them quite spectacular, especially when ending it.

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