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The Woman Next Door (1981)

La femme d'à côté (original title)
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Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (original scenario), Suzanne Schiffman (original scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard Coudray
Fanny Ardant ... Mathilde Bauchard
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Philippe Bauchard
Michèle Baumgartner Michèle Baumgartner ... Arlette Coudray
Roger Van Hool ... Roland Duguet
Véronique Silver Véronique Silver ... Madame Odile Jouve
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Doctor
Nicole Vauthier Nicole Vauthier
Muriel Combe Muriel Combe
Olivier Becquaert Olivier Becquaert ... Thomas Coudray
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Storyline

Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion of Bernard and Mathilde, who had a passionate love affair years ago. The relationship revives... A somber study of human feelings. Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 September 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woman Next Door See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$509
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In one of the scenes, there is a quick appearance of a man saying goodbye who is addressed as Jean-Luc. Which is probably a reference to Jean-Luc Godard, with whom François Truffaut had a long friendship that sadly ended after the newly released Day for Night (1973) was severely criticized by Godard. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Madame Odile Jouve: I suspect that Mathilde and Bernard won't be buried together. if I had to select an epitaph for them it would be, "Neither with you, nor without you.", but I doubt whether I'll be asked.
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References The Unknown (1927) See more »

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A woman moves in next door to her previous lover. But they are both married.
31 May 1999 | by FilmnateSee all my reviews

Very good movie with excellent performances from Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant. The emotions and performances are outstanding. If you have ever felt a strong love that borders on the irrational, then you may identify with this film. There are some small flaws of coincidences in the story. I found the last 20 minutes quite disturbing, and wish the writers found a different one. It seems to imply that real love must have a tragic ending. It is sort of an 19th Century "romantic" ending. Perhaps, that's what they were shooting for in the modern cotext of France in the 1980's. But nonetheless one of Truffaut's better films. What do you think?


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