The Blood of Others

Chabrol was an unlikely choice to film Simone de Beauvoir's 1945 novel about moral growth and sacrifice during the Occupation - he being more your man for moral decay, egotism and such. His response to the heroine's progress from frivolity to engagement wavers between disinterested and uninterested. And considering the Mills & Boon trimmings one sort of sympathises, what with a lovelorn Nazi (Neill), a lovelorn resistance fighter (Ontkean) and Foster - patently modern American - at the centre. An occasional scene catches fire, but mostly it's an uninspired plod through very routine material. This is the theatrical version of a three-hour TV mini-series.

Release details

Duration: 130 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Claude Chabrol
Screenwriter: Brian Moore
Cast: Jodie Foster
Michael Ontkean
Sam Neill
St├ęphane Audran
Alexandra Stewart
Jean-Pierre Aumont
Kate Reid
John Vernon
Micheline Presle
Samuel Fuller
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Lily

I liked this movie. Jodie Foster is here young and very cute. And maybe movie is a little insipid especially with comparison to de Beauvoir's novel but who cares? I mean, people who will watch this movie are undoubtedly movie buffs and Jodie's fans, so the best thing that Chabrol could do is to film Jodie and film her a lot, almost in every scene, so we can enjoy her youth and beauty. Youth and beauty of the fifty-year-old movie icon.