Vie Privée

Difficult to say exactly what Malle thought he was up to with his tale of Jill, a poor little rich girl who takes up a film career and becomes a poor little superstar. Though incorporating elements from Bardot's own life, the film has the feel of a misty, quite unreal romance. Certainly it's hard to believe in the hapless Jill who's presented as merely a victim with no resources of her own whatever. One of Bardot's least affecting performances and one of Malle's least interesting movies - certainly in its American dubbed and cut (to 94 min) version.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Louis Malle
Screenwriter: Louis Malle, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Jean Ferry
Cast: Brigitte Bardot
Marcello Mastroianni
Eleonore Hirt
Ursula Kubler
Dirk Sanders
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