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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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Trivia

Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), now regarded as one of Claude Chabrol's masterworks, was a critical and commercial failure when it was originally released. In her autobiography "Le Roman de ma vie", Bernadette Lafont remembers that, at one point during the movie premiere, a viewer furiously screamed that he wanted back the 5 francs he had paid for the ticket. Chabrol, who was sitting before him, turned around and gave them to him. Also, at the end of the screening, another spectator tried to get in a fist fight with the director. The two men were separated. See more »

Goofs

After Ernest strangles Jacqueline, he rips his coat out from under her and flips her over. The supposedly dead Jacqueline immediately moves her arm to catch herself from going face first into the mud. See more »

Quotes

Monsieur Belin: My pleasure in life is to reprimand little girls... It's my prerogative.
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Connections

References The Cousins (1959) See more »

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Fascinating movie
1 December 2004 | by collanterSee all my reviews

I watched this movie by a coincidence zapping around, and I couldn't stop watching. The movie was made 4 years before I was born, but I like to see old films of this kind. And of course, the French movies of any year, always casting beautiful actresses. The story is simple, and moves very slowly forward. But maybe this is a realistic portrait of young parisiennes in 1960. It's sure gives me some feeling of the nightlife in Paris then. Clotilde Joano is "Jacqueline", who faces a tragic ending in this movie. I have tried to find out some more about this classic and beautiful actor, but the internet contains very little information beside her biography, and that she was Swiss, and died in 1974. If anyone can give me some more information about her, I would appreciate it. If you are going to see an black and white European movie this weekend, I can recommend Les Bonnes Femmes.


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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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