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Director: François Truffaut

Cast: François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Hiroko Berghauer

     
 

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Package Description: The fourth installment in the Antoine Doinel series now finds Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) in his late twenties and married to Christine (Claude Jade). While at a new job, Antoine meets Kyoko (Hirodo Berghauer) and falls in love with her. When Christine discovers the affair, Antoine moves out of the house where he must learn to face the

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Package Description: The fourth installment in the Antoine Doinel series now finds Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) in his late twenties and married to Christine (Claude Jade). While at a new job, Antoine meets Kyoko (Hirodo Berghauer) and falls in love with her. When Christine discovers the affair, Antoine moves out of the house where he must learn to face the responsibilities of adulthood. The film features a cameo by the legendary Jacques Tati, as Monsieur Hulot.

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All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Though not as well received as some of the other tales in Truffaut's semi-autobiographical Antoine films, Domicile Conjugal has some simple beauty to it. The opening scene with the camera following on Claude Jade's legs walking down a Paris street is a good example of how the French New Wave had fun with filmmaking. Not much happens in the story as the young couple experiences everyday events and petty newlywed squabbles. It looks beautiful, though, as their charming apartment community is populated with eccentric and colorful neighbors. Most notably, the opera singer who is increasingly impatient with his wife acts as something of a symbol of the drudgery of daily married life. Also featured in the supporting cast is veteran Jacques Tati for some genuine comedic bits. As with many Truffaut movies, the funniest parts are in the small details, and the episodic nature of this film is filled with such moments. However, after their child is born, the warmness gives way to a more subdued drama. The scene where Antoine meets his father-in-law in a brothel hallway is treated tenderly, but still has a sobering effect. It's as if his delightful mischief is finally seen as having serious consequences on others, bringing some maturity to his character and causing him to reflect.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
UPC:
0720917512228
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Filmographies & awards; Vintage Truffaut trailer collection; Tribute to Jean-Pierre Léaud

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Pierre Léaud Antoine Doinel
Claude Jade Christine
Hiroko Berghauer Kyoko
Claire Duhamel Mrs Darbon
Barbara Laage Monique
Danièle Gérard Servant
Daniel Ceccaldi Lucien Darbon
Billy Kearns M. Max
Kika Markham Anne Brown
Nobuko Mati Kyoko's Friend
Joseph Merieau Person in Courtyard
Ryu Nakamura Japanese Secretary
Guy Pierrault SOS Employee
Marianne Piketti Violin Pupil
Ada Lonati "Hotel" owner
Pierre Maguelon Bistro Customer
Jacques Rispal Pensioner
Serge Rousseau Unknown person
Claude Véga Strangler
Jacques Jouanneau Landlord
Sylvana Blasi Tenor's wife
Yvon Lec Contract employee
Ernest Menzer Little man
Marcel Mercier 1st man in yard
Marcel Berbert Employee in US Company
Nicole Felix Employee in US Company
Jérôme Richard Employee in US Company
Jacques Robiolles Cadger
Iska Khan Koyko's Father
Jacques Cottin Mr Hulot
Marie Dedieu Marie
Christophe Vesque Boy
Frédérique Dolbert Child
Annick Asty Mother of young violinist
Daniel Boulanger Tenor
Christian de Tilière String puller
Pierre Fabre The sneerer
Marie Irakane Housekeeper

Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Marcel Berbert Producer
Claude de Givray Screenwriter
Antoine Duhamel Score Composer
Agnès Guillemot Editor
René Levert Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Mandaroux Art Director
Bernard Revon Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Married Couple [15:35]
2. The Violin Teacher [12:17]
3. A New Job [13:00]
4. Ghislain or Alphonse? [2:18]
5. Kyoko's Tulip Messages [19:27]
6. Rumpsteak in Silence [23:48]

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