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A Gentle Creature (1969)

Une femme douce (original title)
A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writer:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (from the short story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dominique Sanda ... Elle
Guy Frangin ... Luc, son mari
Jeanne Lobre Jeanne Lobre ... Anna, la bonne
Claude Ollier Claude Ollier ... Le médecin
Jacques Kébadian Jacques Kébadian ... Le dragueur
Gilles Sandier Gilles Sandier ... Le maire
Dorothée Blanck Dorothée Blanck ... L'infirmière (as Dorothée Blank)
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A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to his. Disgusted with his attempts to dominate her, she considered murdering him, but found herself unable to do it... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 May 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gentle Woman See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,356
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Bresson chose Dominique Sanda just as a result of her first voice call. See more »

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(at about 18 minutes) Guy and Dominique swap places in their cinema seats before they are actually seen to do so in the final shot of that scene. See more »

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Version of Lagodna (1995) See more »

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Never know nothing
29 May 2008 | by ANCHINNSee all my reviews

Bresson's vision is honest. No wonder his works gonna be so disturbing all the time. It's like some kind of a weapon, will shot through some people's guts. A people like Elle's husband. He is an interesting person.

He's gonna try to explain all about her, so we expect as well, what exactly the cause was? What's happen to them? Mostley Elle. But he couldn't explain clearly what's happened exactly. Cos he explain about her which he knew, but won't explain which don't know about her. Maybe that's the point. What Bresson wanted to express.

Not enough lines, but silence speaks. It speaks like a knife. Sanda is very attractive, her appearance sharpened it.


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