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Femme d'à Côté
     

La Femme d'à Côté

Director: François Truffaut

Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin

 
François Truffaut's tale of star-crossed lovers, The Woman Next Door, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame image. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include production credits, filmographies and awards, and a collection of trailers from Truffaut's films. The disc itself is fine,

Overview

François Truffaut's tale of star-crossed lovers, The Woman Next Door, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame image. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include production credits, filmographies and awards, and a collection of trailers from Truffaut's films. The disc itself is fine, but Truffaut's many fans will be happy to have this film available on DVD.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The Woman Next Door is a key film in the final phase of François Truffaut's career. His second film with Gerard Depardieu (a more muscular screen presence than Jean-Pierre Leaud) and the first of two Truffaut films with Fanny Ardant, The Woman Next Door has a story line right out of a soap opera. Fortunately, it plays like variations of a half-dozen other intelligent Truffaut films on the vagaries of love. Depardieu and Ardant evince such potent chemistry that it's hard not to root for their characters, Bernard and Mathilde, even as you see them slide toward tragedy. The key supporting character is neither of their spouses, but Madame Jouve (Veronique Silver), the crippled middle-aged woman who runs the local tennis club and owes her infirmity to a botched suicide over a long-ago love. Her backstory (and the possible revival of that affair) should inform Bernard and Mathilde, but they're too distracted (and haven't seen any Truffaut films about obsessive passion) to avoid plunging toward a bad end. Darker and more compact than his previous film The Last Metro, and more substantial than his follow-up and last film Confidentially Yours, The Woman Next Door may prove the summation of a great career tragically cut short by Truffaut's death in 1984.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
UPC:
0720917512020
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:46:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Bernard Coudray
Fanny Ardant Mathilde Bauchard
Henri Garcin Philippe Bauchard
Michele Baumgartner Arlette Coudray
Véronique Silver Madame Jouve
Philippe Morier-Genoud Doctor
Roland Thénot Estate agent
Olivier Becquaert Thomas Coudray
Roger Van Hool Roland Duguet

Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jean Aurel Screenwriter
Martine Barraqué-Curie Editor
Michele Cerf Costumes/Costume Designer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko Art Director,Cinematographer
Michel Laurent Sound/Sound Designer
William Lubtchansky Cinematographer
Suzanne Schiffman Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. New Neighbors [15:35]
2. Odile's Story [17:23]
3. A Meeting In Room 18 [12:47]
4. Bernard Questions Mathilde [:02]
5. Living A Lie [10:14]
6. Bernard's Explanation [13:19]
7. The Breakdown [11:49]
8. The Last Meeting [15:59]

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