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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You can sense how Truffaut might regard Hitchcock films as studies of men and women, because Woman Next Door is essentially a relationship presented as a thriller, teasing out details from the past that make you wonder which of the two is the real unstable threat to the other—or is it that "love" makes more sense as a social contract than an emotion? It builds as it goes; Almodovar must have studied this one closely.
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?
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.
Histoire et décors bourgeois sans réelle envergure. Sans aucune qualité cinématographique particulière, cette oeuvre correcte n'atteint jamais la folie amoureuse d'un Zulawski ou d'un Almodovar. Néanmoins, il reste une excellente prestation de Gérard Depardieu qui sauve le film de l'engourdissement... www.cinefiches.com
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.