Les Bonnes Femmes

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.

Release details

Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Claude Chabrol
Screenwriter: Paul Gégauff
Cast: Bernardette Lafont
Stéphane Audran
Clothilde Joano
Lucile Saint-Simon
Claude Berri
Mario David
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