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Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Les bonnes femmes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 22 April 1960 (France)
Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Paul Gégauff (scenario and dialogue), Claude Chabrol (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernadette Lafont ... Jane
Clotilde Joano ... Jacqueline
Stéphane Audran ... Ginette
Lucile Saint-Simon ... Rita
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Monsieur Belin
Jean-Louis Maury Jean-Louis Maury ... Marcel
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Albert
Ave Ninchi ... Mme Louise
Sacha Briquet Sacha Briquet ... Henri
Claude Berri ... Le copain de Jane
Jean Barclay Jean Barclay
Rossana Rossanigo Rossana Rossanigo
Dolly Bell Dolly Bell ... La danseuse nue
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin ... Le père d'Henri (as Gabriel Gobain)
France Asselin France Asselin ... La mère d'Henri
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Storyline

Ginette, Rita, Jacqueline and Jane try to find fulfillment and love in their lives. Rita has a fiancé whose family is obsessed with social distinction; Jane has a boy-friend in the army, but does not hesitate to enjoy herself with chance encounters; Ginette has a mysterious passion that keeps her away from her colleagues at nights. Jacqueline is lonely; but who is that mysterious bike-rider who is constantly following her ? Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

22 April 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good Time Girls See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,578, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$6,578
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paris Film, Panitalia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Caused so much resentment among the public upon its release that some went as far as breaking seats in theaters as sign of protest. See more »

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A weekend in the lives of four Parisian shop girls
3 March 2000 | by ieaunSee all my reviews

The film shows a weekend in the lives of four Parisian shop girls, from their Friday night out in the nightclubs of Paris through to a Sunday outing into the countryside. All four dream of escaping their humdrum existence: Ginette (Stephane Audran) is trying to start an alternative career as a music hall singer, Rita (Lucile Saint-Simon) is engaged to a shop owner, Jane (Bernadette Lafont) is wined and dined by two married businessmen, and Jacqueline (Clothilde Joano) falls in love with a biker who is stalking her. The monotony of the girls' lives is shown as they spend Saturday in the shop just waiting for the moment when they can go home. At the same time Chabrol shows a fascinating portrait of the city at work and at play. The storyline holds the viewer's interest, the acting is excellent (especially Lafont, and despite some terrible overacting from the girl's boss), and the director hints at some of the gruesome shocks of his later films.


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