Bernard and Arlette Coudray were a healthy couple living in Grenoble. The drama started when Mathilde and Philippe Bauchard began renting the house opposite. Bernard and Mathilde had been lovers years ago. Meeting each other once again, they are sucked into that same passion…
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Ardant and Depardieu were born to interact with one another in a film like this: Truffaut creates an apparently story to develop, with the strenght of the shots and the dramatic power of the drama, a surprising look to love. And the absence of that fast/random editing from some of his movies from the 60s/70s, just makes the movie even better.
A new low in Truffaut's filmography. The first third was decent especially in it's camera work, but it doesn't last.The main issue here is that the film TALKS more about the suffering and grief within these characters than actually SHOWING them. The end result feels like something that fails to capture the magic of old Hollywood melodramas. It also feels like a major retread of Truffaut's much earlier The Soft Skin.
Meant to be a passionate story of doomed love but did not have much impact.A theme that's been done before with more character development. How could there be no chemistry between Ardant and a young,handsome Depardieu?
After the first watching I was very sceptical about this one. But after watching it several times again, it really increases in its value. A love which is doomed from the very beginning. And the last scene in the empty house is just shot amazing!
Un melodrama romántico que oscila entre la sobriedad y el arrebato. Retrata la pasión amorosa de dos personajes complejos e inestables. Después de Los 400 Golpes, la considero mi película favorita de Truffaut.
Classic Shakespearean narrative, where this old love between two neighbours becomes life and death. A great Ardant and a decent Depardieu are responsible for the exciting conflict that emerges. Not the best example of Truffaut's virtuosity.
Lavoro minore di Truffaut,che mostra la consueta eleganza ma sceglie una storia quasi normale,di una passione morbosa che inevitabilmente sfocia nel dramma.Si punta molto sul carisma dei due protagonisti,con un Gerard bellissimo e magrissimo,e il resto dei personaggi passa abbastanza in secondo piano,così come le scene che quasi mai inchiodano alla poltrona.