Saturday, 23 October 2010

Recommendation: Les Bonnes Femmes

Director: Claude Chabrol

Producer: Robert Hakim, Raymond Hakim

Cast: Bernardette Lafont, Stéphane Audran, Clothilde Joano, Lucile Saint-Simon, Claude Berri, Mario David full cast

Duration: 102 minutes

Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Movie review

From Time Out Film Guide

Guilt, complicity, bourgeois aspirations and murder: Chabrol's fourth feature clearly illuminates his abiding interests, even as it achieves a dazzling formal complexity in its arrangement of a series of events charting the dreams of a better life entertained by four Parisian shopgirls desperate to escape the daily monotony of their existence. One longs for success in the music halls, one the staid security of marriage, another a good time and little else; and the last, seeking romance, is the most vulnerable... At once a detailed portrait of Parisian life and an ironic, witty study of human foibles, the film remains emotionally affecting thanks to Chabrol's unsentimental compassion for his subjects.


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