The Unfaithful Wife (La Femme infidèle)
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Audran does this to perfection in "The Unfaithful Wife". She also did a great job in Chabrol's previous film "Les Biches".
She has such a sleek beauty to her it's easy to see why a man would fall for her and perhaps even easily to see why a man would go to the lengths her husband Charles does in this movie to keep her by his side.
Audran plays Helen Desvallees, a seemingly happily married woman who has a child, wealth, and a mother-in-law she likes (That's our first sign this is only a movie). What more could she possibily want?
Chabrol presents these people as if they are an average family. On the surface they could be your neighbors, but, the impression I got was there are a lot of secrets between this couple. There is never a scene where they actually have a conversation. It's all small talk. Do they really know each other that well?
We fairly quickly know what's really going on. Helen (Audran) is having an affair with Victor Pegala (Maurice Duchaussoy) and Charles (Michel Bouquet) finds out and trys in his own way to keep his wife.
The movie is never really suspenseful. You're never on the edge of your seat. Chabrol works in much more subtle ways. With whispers not loud bangs.
This film as many may know was remade in 2002 as 'Unfaithful'. It was diirected by Adrian Lyne and starred Richard Gere and Diane Lane. It was admirable but not as polished as this movie is. This movie clears up some of the pot-holes I thought the first one suffered from. I should also mention I saw the remake first.Read more ›
Chabrol's most perfect film, where character inertia is expressed in blatant artifice, both in the home and in 'nature'; where a materialist filming of materialists conceals an austere spirituality, embodied in those Fateful policemen. Like his namesake Bovary, Charles sleeps when his exquisitely beautiful wife offers herself to him. He deserves what he gets.
What's it about? Well, the title gives you a pretty good idea. A married woman steps
out on her Hubby...and Hubby does his best to, ah, deal with it.
Won't insult your intelligence, like some films in this genre. Suspenseful.
As the basis for Unfaithful, the film offers interesting contrasts. It is slower, without the wonderfully salacious sex, has strange bits of humor that doesn't fit with the story line, and the conclusion is completely different. In a way, the Chabrol film is a critique of the bourgeois Parisian milieu in the disdainful French tradition, which makes it fun and extremely depressing at the same time. That adds a level that isn't in the simple murder story of the other film. It creeps towards a violent climax and then a brutal conclusion, all handled with a great subtlety of characters. The tension is unbearable yet slow to build.
Recommended. This is a masterpiece of suspense.
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Unbridled intimacy turns into a wild, destructive fire of passion - that burns out of control - in the French film "La Femme infidel" (aka, "The Unfaithful Wife"); as directed by... Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by John du Prey
Let's see. Your wife is none other than the blonde goddess Stephane Audran: sweet, loving, intelligent, outgoing, and the mother of your happy, well-adjusted, 10-year-old son --... Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by floridian321
I disagree with the other reviews. The rich, bored wife engages in an indifferent affair with an urbane lover and her suspicious, unemotional, possessive husband finds out. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Jung Poet