La Femme Infidèle

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One of Chabrol's mid-period masterpieces, a brilliantly ambivalent scrutiny of bourgeois marriage and murder that juggles compassion and cynicism in a way that makes Hitchcock look obvious. The obligatory cross-references are still there (blood in the sink; the exactly appropriate final use of simultaneous backtrack and forward zoom adapted from Vertigo), but they're no longer there to legitimise a vision now mature. Audran and Bouquet, as the first of Chabrol's recurring Charles/Hélène couples, are superb in discovering 'secret' parts of each other denied as much by complacency as convention.

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Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Claude Chabrol
Screenwriter: Claude Chabrol
Cast: Maurice Ronet
Guy Marly
Michel Duchaussoy
Stéphane Audran
Serge Bento
Michel Bouquet
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