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End of Desire

Une vie

Directed by Alexandre Astruc
France, Italy, 1958
  • French
  • English


Jeanne Dandieu lives in a manor house with her parents and their servant Rosalie. She gets to know Julien, a handsome man, whom she soon marries. Her happiness, however, is short-lived. She soon finds out that not only has Julien married her for her money, but he also cheats on her.

Our take

Better known for his work as a film critic, Alexandre Astruc was nevertheless a talented filmmaker. With Une vie, Astruc crafted a faithful adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s major novel, a carefully constructed period drama on the life of a woman tainted by her husband’s deception and infidelity.

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Critics reviews

Although the action of [a director’s] films may take place over a vast area, most directors do not think their mise en scène beyond the area of the set. Astruc, on the other hand, gives the impression of having thought his film over the whole perimeter required by the action – no more, no less.
November 01, 1958

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