The Woman Next Door

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

For all the period charm of his historical pieces - from Jules and Jim to The Last Métro - Truffaut increasingly looks more comfortable with contemporary domestic dramas drawn from the bourgeois milieu so successfully explored by Chabrol in the early '70s. In this context, The Woman Next Door recounts its tale of amour fou in a provincial town - Depardieu (plus wife and kid) moves in next door to a newly-married woman (Ardant) with whom he had an obsessional affair eight years earlier - with absolute narrative confidence. But as Truffaut steers his audience towards the tragic dénouement, the effect is a curiously passive experience, as if, like passengers on a bus tour, we are offered a scenic excursion without ever being driven to the precipice from which his protagonists will fall. A long way from Hitchcock (and Chabrol), but a consistently watchable sub-thriller none the less.

By: MA


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

François Truffaut
François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman, Jean Aurel
Gérard Depardieu
Fanny Ardant
Henri Garcin
Michèle Baumgartner
Véronique Silver
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