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A Good Marriage (1982)

Le beau mariage (original title)
Sabine vows to give up married lovers, and is determined to find a good husband. Her best friend Clarisse introduces her to her cousin Edmond, a busy lawyer from Paris. Sabine pursues ... See full summary »


Éric Rohmer


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Complete credited cast:
Béatrice Romand ... Sabine
André Dussollier ... Edmond
Féodor Atkine ... Simon
Arielle Dombasle ... Clarisse
Huguette Faget Huguette Faget ... Maryse, Antique Dealer
Thamila Mezbah Thamila Mezbah ... Mother of Sabine
Sophie Renoir ... Lise
Hervé Duhamel Hervé Duhamel ... Frédéric
Pascal Greggory ... Nicolas
Virginie Thévenet Virginie Thévenet ... The Bride
Denise Bailly Denise Bailly ... Comtesse
Vincent Gauthier ... Claude
Anne Mercier Anne Mercier ... La secrétaire
Catherine Rethi Catherine Rethi ... Cliente
Patrick Lambert Patrick Lambert ... Voyageur


Sabine vows to give up married lovers, and is determined to find a good husband. Her best friend Clarisse introduces her to her cousin Edmond, a busy lawyer from Paris. Sabine pursues Edmond, with the encouragement of Clarisse, but Edmond does not seem very interested. Written by Will Gilbert

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Release Date:

27 August 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ballon, Sarthe, France See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The second of director Éric Rohmer's six "Comedies et Proverbes" series of movies of the 1980s. The other five, in chronological order, are The Aviator's Wife (1981), Pauline at the Beach (1983), Full Moon in Paris (1984), Summer (1986) and Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987). See more »


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A very good Rohmer film
15 August 2010 | by adrean-819-339098See all my reviews

I'm a fan of the hushed qualities which are Rohmer's style. I admire the seamless flow between scenes in this film, between Paris, Le mans, the atelier, the train and her mothers house. Noteworthy is the almost complete lack of music as with many of his films, however there is a poignant somewhat outdated 80's electronic tune that runs in the beginning, the credits and at the party.

I found myself a little less hooked emotionally with this film then with 'Le Rayon Vert', 'Pauline a la Plage, and 'L'ami de Mon Amie'. When I watched those films I was really pulled at the heart strings by the plight of some of the characters.

What was different with this film? Well on the contrary to what others have wrote here I didn't find the leading actress Beatrice Romand to be nearly as compelling as Rohmer's other leads. I think she took the idea of a head strong young woman a little too far, ie; marching around like a bulldog for half the film, seemingly bursting in and out where ever she went. I think she could have played the head-strong role with a bit more subtlety. However at the scene of her party and in one of the final scenes in an office she played the role divinely. Particularly at the party there is a sense of tension which is unexplainable which she radiates.

As a big fan of Rohmer and comparing with his other works I give this film a 7. This film for someone who has not experienced a Rohmer film will be like an almigthy gob smack. You will see with the simplest elements and without manipulation he is able to create a sense of compassion for the characters and tension with a slight pacing that resembles real life.

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