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La veuve Couderc (1971)

Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow. She is happy because World War I is over and she is ... See full summary »

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Georges Simenon (based on the novel by), Pierre Granier-Deferre (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alain Delon ... Jean Lavigne
Simone Signoret ... Veuve Couderc Tati
Ottavia Piccolo ... Félicie
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Henri
Monique Chaumette ... Françoise
Boby Lapointe Boby Lapointe ... Désiré
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Le commissaire Mallet
Robert Favart Robert Favart
André Rouyer André Rouyer ... Policeman
François Valorbe François Valorbe ... Le colonel croix-de-feu
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Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow. She is happy because World War I is over and she is enjoying being in control of the farm. And then she hires the handsome stranger who helped her carry the new incubator for chicks from the bus and across the canal. In the house by the canal with the job of raising and lowering the bridge for passing boats lives the widow's envious sister-in-law along with husband and nubile daughter. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Their interests were worlds apart but strange events brought them close together

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Drama | Action | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 October 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Widow Couderc See more »

Filming Locations:

Cheuge, Côte-d'Or, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 59255 delivered on 11-11-1971. See more »

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Not one stain of blood on Alain Delon's immaculate white shirt after his character has been shot by a barrage of gendarmes. See more »

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Rural thriller
16 July 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

At the time ,French cinema was updating the rural thriller ,a genre which had begun in the late thirties/forties with such works as "Goupi Mains Rouges" "l'Assassinat du Père Noël" or "la Ferme aux Loups".The early seventies began with Granier-Deferre's "La Horse " (Gabin) and continued with another Granier-Deferre (this one) as well as with "L'Affaire Dominici" (Gabin) and "Les GRanges Brulées" (Signoret and Delon teaming up again).

These movies from the seventies were more realistic ,more "precise in their depictions of rural life than those released earlier."La Veuve Couderc",like one of his precedent movies ("Le Chat" also feat Signoret) was first a novel by Georges Simenon.In France ,people were amazed to see Delon playing opposite Signoret ,but most of the actresses Delon played with in the seventies ,with the exception of Romy Schneider or Jeanne Moreau,were starlets.There was really a special chemistry between them which was not as effective in their later effort "les Granges Brûlées" .Both are well cast,Signoret as a strong middle -age peasant woman and Delon as the fugitive .

Granier-Deferre helped pave a way to a new "Cinema de Qualité" which made us forget the pretensions of the new wavelet.


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