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The Soft Skin (1964)

La peau douce (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 April 1964 (France)
Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.

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Nicole (as Françoise Dorleac)
Nelly Benedetti ...
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Clément
Laurence Badie ...
Ingrid
Philippe Dumat ...
Directeur cinéma Reims
Paule Emanuele ...
Odile
Maurice Garrel ...
Bontemps
Sabine Haudepin ...
Sabine Lachenay
Dominique Lacarrière ...
La secrétaire Dominique
Jean Lanier ...
Michel
Pierre Risch ...
Chanoine
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Maurice Magalon
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Pierre Lachenay, a middle-aged, well-known publisher and lecturer, is married to Franca, an unbalanced woman, and father of Sabine, a 10-year-old girl. While traveling to Lisbon for a lecture, Pierre Lachenay has a one night stand with Nicole, the Panair do Brasil air stewardess. He wants to see her again and again, they travel to Reims together, and Pierre hides the affair from his family, mostly to spare his daughter the anguish of a separation. Nicole is taking it lightly but Pierre, misunderstanding her feelings and expectations, decides to live with her. The couple's break-up leads to a tragic end. Written by Artemis-9

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The Eternal Triangle At Its Most Eternal

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This film was booed by the audience at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964 and did poorly at the box office. See more »

Goofs

Nicole changes out of her jeans at Pierre's request and we see her in her new outfit, but by the time they arrive at the hotel her blouse has also changed. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Lachenay: I've learned that men's unhappiness arises from the inability to stay quietly in their own room.
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Featured in Deux de la Vague (2010) See more »

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À Lisbonne
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Could have done better....
12 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm a huge Truffaut fan (the ending of 'Les Quatre Cent Coups' is perhaps the greatest scene of all time) but this disappointed me. It became Truffaut's 'let's satirise the bourgeoisie' film. But without the intense political agenda of Godard (with whom he collaborated on 'A Bout de Souffle'), the satire is hollow. Ultimately, it's a disappointingly conventional film, and perhaps represents the difficulty in much of Truffaut's work - he never quite worked out what sort of director he was. He takes a simplistic and in some ways cliched plot, which is fine, but it doesn't become the starting off point for anything deeper. Truffaut can be capable of greatness, but here he misses by a long way.


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