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The Unfaithful Wife (1968)

Cast: Stéphane Audran, Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, more...
Director: Claude Chabrol, Claude Chabrol
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Classic Crime, Crime, Classic Crime, Neo Noir
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Stéphane Audran plays the title character, Hélène Desvallées, the bored wife of insurance executive Charles Desvallées (Michel Bouquet). Charles suspects Hélène of playing the field, so he has a private detective locate his wife's lover, author Victor Pegala (Maurice Ronet). Confronting Victor, Charles tries to adopt an air of indifference, but the conversation ends with the husband bludgeoning the author to death and then calmly disposing of the evidence. When Hélène is questioned about Victor's murder, she discovers on her own that her husband is guilty. Instead of turning him in, Hélène is so thrilled that Charles cares so deeply about her that she is more in love with him than ever before. The Unfaithful Wife was directed by Claude Chabrol, the then real-life husband of leading lady Stéphane Audran. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Pitch Perfect Suspense and Satire by gfrasur September 3, 2008 - 11:50 AM PDT
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This was the second time watching The Unfaithful Wife, and I discovered even more details about the characters and their insecurities. Not wanting to give anything away, I can only say that more details make the film funnier and more suspenseful. A near-perfect combination of suspense and satire. My favorite Chabrol film.




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