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Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Les bonnes femmes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 22 April 1960 (France)
Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Paul Gégauff (scenario and dialogue), Claude Chabrol (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernadette Lafont ... Jane
Clotilde Joano ... Jacqueline
Stéphane Audran ... Ginette
Lucile Saint-Simon ... Rita
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Monsieur Belin
Jean-Louis Maury Jean-Louis Maury ... Marcel
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Albert
Ave Ninchi ... Mme Louise
Sacha Briquet Sacha Briquet ... Henri
Claude Berri ... Le copain de Jane
Jean Barclay Jean Barclay
Rossana Rossanigo Rossana Rossanigo
Dolly Bell Dolly Bell ... La danseuse nue
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin ... Le père d'Henri (as Gabriel Gobain)
France Asselin France Asselin ... La mère d'Henri
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Storyline

Ginette, Rita, Jacqueline and Jane try to find fulfillment and love in their lives. Rita has a fiancé whose family is obsessed with social distinction; Jane has a boy-friend in the army, but does not hesitate to enjoy herself with chance encounters; Ginette has a mysterious passion that keeps her away from her colleagues at nights. Jacqueline is lonely; but who is that mysterious bike-rider who is constantly following her ? Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

22 April 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good Time Girls See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,578, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$6,578
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paris Film, Panitalia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Author and playwright Françoise Sagan defended Claude Chabrol who had been accused of machismo with Les Bonnes Femmes (1960). The two later amused themselves by making the film Bluebeard (1963), a story based on a real life killer of women. See more »

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Chabrol's masterstroke
25 March 2000 | by Aw-komonSee all my reviews

The 'overacting of the boss' mentioned in the previous comment is totally intentional! Chabrol is playing around with genres here, exaggerating for effect. He straddles the fence between comedy and tragedy for the entire film, veering this way and that whenever it serves his purpose: to paint an allegory of absurd modern existence through the soul of modern young females. The surreal modern music at the beginning clues you in, and the awesome final scene with the empty, tragic eyes of the girl finding her only happiness when a man asks her to dance brings it all together beautifully. Man! what a great film! I didn't want to leave the theater after watching it twice in a row, but I was too tired. As disappointing as Chabrol's films have been to me over the years, this one was a jackhammer of a surprise. The Hitchcock elements are there but they don't dominate and straitjacket everything else. On a level with "Breathless," "Shoot the Piano Player," yet completely unlike either of them, this film defines the "New Wave" aesthetic, which to this day, some forty years later provides a standard for Tarantino types to strive for. Films like these can only be directed by masters who have the nerve and audacity to bend genres to their whim and speak their ultimate truth through the nature of the medium itself.


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