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Following the success of The Last Metro, this was Francois Truffaut's second film with Gerard Depardieu - and the first of two with future wife, Fanny Ardant - and stands as the director's most startling and anguished portrait of destructive passion. Bernard Coudray (Depardieu) is an unassuming father in a loving marriage, but his life is thrown into turmoil when a former lover, Mathilde Bauchard (Ardant), unwittingly rents a neighbouring house with her husband. Still haunted by their unreconciled past, the pair contemplate resuming the relationship before it deteriorates into obsession, irrational jealousy and inevitable tragedy. Only Madame Jouve, a local who was crippled due to a botched suicide over a failed affair, can offer them a way out. Perfectly executed by a master storyteller in his prime, and featuring outstanding performances from star-crossed lovers Depardieu and Ardant, this is essential Truffaut.

Extra Features

  • Feature length commentary with Veronique SIlver
  • Interview with Fanny Ardant (1986)
  • The Truffaut Trailer Collection


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  • Francois Truffaut
  • Running time 100 min
  • Region AUS, NZ
  • Format SD
  • Color COLOUR
  • Language French
  • Catalogue No. DAVID1312
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • Subtitles English
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