The affair unfurls like a thriller; the true nature of passion seems to be rooted not in unavailability but various layers of control. The way the pathology gradually reveals itself, deep violence & repression in an otherwise modest form of a bougie fling, culminating not in the ultimate release but the truly shocking single take that moves from stairs to window. Fairly impressive in its unsettling composure.
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 protagonist is the real 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.
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
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.
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.