The lovers

The lovers

Les amants

DVD - 2008 | French
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A restless bourgeois wife finds her eye wandering from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, 2008
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604650397
Branch Call Number: DVD LOV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Amants


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Mar 15, 2019

Directed by Louis Malle in 1958 based on the erotic novel "Point de Lendemain" by Dominique Vivant, this French romantic drama depicts the adultery with a fantasy love, which appears like a fairly tale for grown-ups.
You definitely need a willing suspension of disbelief.
The film reveals the natural beauty of Jeanne Moreau while showing even a patch of armpit-hair.

Nov 26, 2018

Louis Malle’s lightweight dissection of upper class ennui is mainly notable for the wave of scandal its racy love scenes caused around the world—a showing in Ohio actually led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling on obscenity. Filmed with a somnolence as befits its privileged protagonists—an offscreen narrator providing Greek chorus—there is a touch of Buñuel running through Malle’s work as we see Jeanne’s rural reality play off against her bourgeois aspirations. She changes her hairstyle on a daily basis in order to remain au courant even in the country; her friend Maggy balks at having to leave Paris for an engagement in the sticks; and an attempt on Jeanne’s part to impress her friend with a hoity-toity dinner party is thrown into disarray by a nocturnal visitor. But unlike Buñuel, Malle is not entirely unsympathetic to his heroine or her dilemma, for Jeanne’s comfortably monied home life is still a stifling prison of ritual and conformity while her attraction towards an almost total stranger goes much deeper than mere physicality. It’s the physicality however which catapulted the film into arthouse infamy with a moonlight seduction leading to erotic couplings more shocking for their undercurrent of assertive female sexuality than any fleeting glimpse of Moreau’s nipple.

Jun 14, 2018

Must be counted as one of those ultimate chick flicks from the past -- a rebellious neglected bohemian "mansion-wife" searched for social emancipation, challenged iconoclastic relationships and sacrificed all she had for "love." In the same year, the same director and actress produced the romantic thriller "Elevator to the gallows - Ascenseur pour l'echafaud."

The Lovers: Succès de scandale
By Ginette Vincendeau
May 13, 2008

When it came out in November 1958, The Lovers scandalized conservative France, just as it had outraged Catholic Italy at the Venice Film Festival two months earlier. At the same time, the film solidified the reputations of director Louis Malle and star Jeanne Moreau, both having already triumphed earlier that year with Elevator to the Gallows.

Mar 05, 2016

A fairly good film, which becomes excellent in the last 25 minutes. The build up to the ending is slow but subtle and steady-paced. I found the choice for the music which has thematic significance to be a bad one: the violin playing was rather raspy and harsh. i wonder if someone can insert different music into the film with today's technology, and if it would even be permitted.


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Jun 15, 2018

Indeed, Jeanne Tournier knew nothing about polo. At times she accompanied her friend Maggy. Friends from childhood, they were both provincials by birth and by education. But while Maggy had married and now led an exciting life in Paris, Jeanne had stayed in Dijon to wed Henri Tournier, publisher of the Burgundy Monitor. Henri loved his wife but devoted most of his time to his newspaper. She spent several years living this way. Encouraged by her husband, she'd recently taken to visiting
Maggy twice a month in Paris.
When I think of you and me, I'm always worried. Perhaps that's what love is.

Maggy knows these things. She says if you're not a great beauty, you must have a look.
-But you don't need a look. You have a husband.
Who hardly notices me.
In Paris, life forges its own path! And leaves you stranded.

Jun 15, 2018

The magic of love:
"The moon rising in cloudless skies,
"suddenly bathed her in its silver beam."
-Whom do you mean?
"She saw her image glowing in my eyes.
"Her smile like an angel's did gleam."
"The night is beautiful."
"The night is woman."
Love can be born in a single glance. In an instant, Jeanne felt all shame and awkwardness die away. She couldn't hesitate. There's no resisting happiness.
Let's get out of here. No, don't take anything
Did you know him before?
-Shut up, Maggy, and don't try to understand. You never will.
They set off on a long journey, aware of its uncertainties, unsure of ever recapturing the happiness of that first night. Already, in the treacherous dawn hours, Jeanne had doubted herself. She was afraid, but she had no regrets.


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