La Femme Infidèle

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

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.


Release details

98 mins

Cast and crew

Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol
Maurice Ronet
Guy Marly
Michel Duchaussoy
Stéphane Audran
Serge Bento
Michel Bouquet