“Raoul adores you; isn’t that enough?”
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Response to Peary’s Review:
It’s also notable for providing “the role that gained [Moreau] international fame.” As Peary notes, “Bory is, yes, boring — you forget what he looks like a minute after the film ends; but Moreau is something special: when she lets down and brushes her hair and walks outside in her white nightgown, she makes the quickest transition from dowdy” (I wouldn’t exactly call her that!) “to ethereal in cinema history.”
The film was groundbreaking for the time in its depiction of “mutually enjoyable sex,” without (as Malle himself put it) slowly panning away to the window at a critical moment — though it should be pointed out there’s nothing graphic at all. Unfortunately, the rest of the storyline is a rather bland tale of marital tensions and boredom among the bourgeoise:
… all of which simply serves to highlight how empty Moreau’s existence is before allowing herself to fall for Bory. Interestingly, the most controversial aspect of the film for numerous countries was the fact that Moreau is a mother who seems to be putting her personal satisfaction above her parenting:
Film fanatics will likely want to check this film out once given its historical notoriety, but it’s not an especially rich or satisfying classic.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: