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A Girl Cut in Two (2007)

La fille coupée en deux (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 8 August 2007 (France)
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A black comedy centered around a TV weather girl and the two very different men who pursue her.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Cécile Maistre (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Claude Chabrol (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ludivine Sagnier ... Gabrielle Aurore Deneige
Benoît Magimel ... Paul André Claude Gaudens
François Berléand ... Charles Denis dit Charles Saint-Denis
Mathilda May ... Capucine Jamet
Caroline Silhol Caroline Silhol ... Geneviève Gaudens
Marie Bunel ... Marie Deneige
Valéria Cavalli ... Dona Saint-Denis
Etienne Chicot ... Denis Deneige
Edouard Baer ... Edouard, l'acteur interviewé
Jean-Marie Winling Jean-Marie Winling ... Gérard Briançon
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Philippe Le Riou
Thomas Chabrol ... Maître Stéphane Lorbach
Charley Fouquet Charley Fouquet ... Eléonore Gaudens
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... Bernard Violet (as Hubert Saint Macary)
Jérémie Chaplain Jérémie Chaplain
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Storyline

Gabrielle is a young woman with a future: she's the weather girl on a local TV station destined to a rapid promotion. She's self-confident and self-possessed. In Lyon, on successive days, she meets two men of high status: Charles, a middle-aged writer, and Paul, the heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. Both are attracted to her and both have flaws immediately evident: Charles, who is married, can be dismissive; Paul can be possessive and threatening. To the dismay of one, Gabrielle chooses the other. How will each man handle her choice, and after she falls in love, can she sustain her personal strength? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Wild Bunch [France]

Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 August 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Girl Cut in Two See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,658, 17 August 2008

Gross USA:

$409,658
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Dolby | Dolby SR | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was inspired by the assassination of New York architect Stanford White in 1906, and his connection with the dancer Evelyn Nesbit. The same case was handled in the cinema by Richard Fleischer in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) , with Ray Milland and Joan Collins interpreting the pair of lovers, and by Milos Forman in Ragtime (1981) , with Elizabeth McGovern and Norman Mailer. See more »

Quotes

Gabrielle Aurore Deneige: What do you do for a living?
Paul André Claude Gaudens: I live.
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Soundtracks

ELLE A AU FOND DES YEUX
Performed by Julien Clerc
Music by Maurice Vallet
Lyrics by Julien Clerc
(C) 1972 Les editions Cracelles SA / Editions et Productions Sidonie SA
Avec l'autorisation des editions et productions Sidonie SA
& EMI Music Publishing France SA
(P) 1972 EMI Music France - avec l'aimable autorisation de EMI Music Freance
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Ultimate Aphrodiasic
3 November 2008 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young." Oscar Wilde

I'm cut in two myself: wanting A Girl Cut in Two to be a companion piece to Patrice Leconte's unforgettable Girl on the Bridge (1999) and yet realizing it is wrong to expect such a complement. French icon Claude Chabrol's Girl Cut is an amusing and agonizing romance between an older writer and a young TV weather girl, about 30 years in between their ages. The story of the lost young woman and her older carnival knife thrower in Girl on a Bridge has layers of emotion where Girl Split contains little depth but the same type of metaphors.

Girl Cut recycles the January-May love affair, similar to the recent Elegy about a young woman and an older professor. The immediate attraction between the two is not explored, just the girl's voluptuousness and his pot-belly, receding hair, and low energy level. But then I should not forget the ultimate aphrodisiac: intellectualism. The common denominator is the mind meld, enacted by an aging thinker/artist and a young open mind.

The figurative splitting is woven into the plot: A spoiled, rich young man, Paul Gaudens (Benoit Magimel), falls for an indifferent Gabrielle (Ludivine Sagnier), who has a yearning for the older writer Charles Saint-Denis (Francoise Berleand). The triangle illustrates the complex yearnings of an attractive young woman, whose mother (Marie Bunel) spies Gabrielle's need for the father figure as well as her own wish for her daughter to be financially comfortable. The warfare among the classes is typically Francaise.

As for Gabrielle, it is never clear where her love for the old man comes from, for she never seems to read his works, and their interaction before the first tryst is superficial. Perhaps she has a thing for big bellies and bald pates.


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