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The Lovers (1958)

Les amants (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 October 1959 (USA)
Saddled with a dull husband and a foolish lover, a woman has an affair with a stranger.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writer:

Louise de Vilmorin (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Moreau ... Jeanne Tournier
Jean-Marc Bory ... Bernard Dubois-Lambert
Judith Magre ... Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Raoul Florès (as José Villalonga)
Gaston Modot ... Coudray
Pierre Frag Pierre Frag
Michèle Girardon ... Hélène Cavalier
Gib Grossac Gib Grossac
Lucienne Hamon Lucienne Hamon ... Chantal
Georgette Lobre Georgette Lobre ... Marthe
Claude Mansard Claude Mansard ... Marcelot (as Claude Mansart)
Alain Cuny ... Henri Tournier
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Bored with her husband, bored with her polo-playing lover, will the middle-aged heroine go away with the young man who gave her a lift that day when her car broke down on the way back to her country estate from a weekend with her lover in Paris? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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THIS WAS HER MOMENT!...and nothing else mattered! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovers See more »

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Runtime:

(Québec)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Cartre De Tendre" map used under the opening credits,a kind of map of the geography of Love,was the creation of the 17th Century French philosopher Madeleine De Scudery. See more »

Quotes

Henri Tournier: There are cigarettes here and whiskey there. Play all the records you like. Make yourself at home.
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Soundtracks

Streichsextett No. 1
(uncredited)
Op.18: Movement II--Andante ma moderato
Music by Johannes Brahms
Conducted by Serge Baudo
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A love thornbird still searching her destination
8 April 2004 | by shu-fenSee all my reviews

Crazy about French movies ever since I started watching them. The black and white is more appropriate than colour for French film, very captivating and unreal.

What can you say about the French people? Desperados and aficionados of romance and love. Hopelessly romantics.

Simple story told like a poem regardless of any moral criticism, there is no such thing call moral or immoral in the realm of art. Art is a rival to morality, it allows all sorts of existences. In this movie, the sin is adultery but no one cares to condemn it, the pursuit of love takes it all. The love scene might be stunning to the audience in late 50s France, but definitely not today. Jeanne Moreau somehow took a bold step. Anyway, she is radiating gloriously in superb cinematography.

Jeanne Tournier married to a well-off provincial newspaper owner for eight years. She has a daughter, a polo-playing lover and a big bunch of acid-tongued snobbish Parisian friends. Nevertheless, she is bored about living in such a polite society. Finally when Bernard, a young student whom she has known just for a few hours, enters into her life, just after solely one night's time in her husband's villa with him, she decides to leave with him into the uncertain future the very next morning.

Several lyrical scenes impress me a great deal. Their nightly accidental encounter at the garden. Jeanne is illuminating the dimness, she looks like a mystic fairy seducing Bernard. Another one is the astonishing look of her friend when she sees them leaving together. The most memorable is the very last scene, they drive and drive into uncertain.

The map shown at the beginning and the voice-over at the end may be something like a warning. However, when two lovers in love that they can sacrifice everything for the romance in such a desperate fashion, nothing is threatening. Feminists or women who are fighting for their freedom would be clapping their hands she's got guts.


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