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L' Homme qui Aimait les Femmes (The Man Who Loved Women)

L' Homme qui Aimait les Femmes (The Man Who Loved Women) (1977)


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Scientist Bertrand Morane, "never in the company of men after 5," seduces women by evening and writes about the experiences in the early morning. Though 40ish and somewhat square, no woman in the town of Montpelier seems capable of resisting his earnest advances. Not much else happens in The Man Who Loved Women, but in the hands of master visual storyteller François Truffaut, the threadbare plot accumulates deep and ominous philosophical resonances. What drives Morane from woman to woman, and

Jan 23, 2001

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It is one of the few late Truffauts to muster any weight and complexity.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie is a supremely humane, sophisticated comedy that is as much fun to watch for the variations Mr. Truffaut works on classic man-woman routines as for the routines themselves.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's not top-drawer Truffaut, but it worked for me.

November 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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[A] swiftly paced, light-hearted exercise.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A provocative, arch and intriguing exploration of sexual relations through the eyes of one unusual, dysfunctional individual tempered by a subtle humour.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

a visual journal of a womanizer, and there is no denying that the famous director likewise appreciated a plethora of beautiful women the same way

October 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Audience Reviews for L' Homme qui Aimait les Femmes (The Man Who Loved Women)

There is something a quite dated about Truffaut's The Man Who Loved Women. It is a little creepy at times although it is romantic at the same time and this does win through. It does touch on the fact that the main character Bertrand Morane has got a problem and his obsession isn't quite right but it's not always explained in a way that brings any sympathy, although it's never really needed as he is always very likable. You might think this is a dilemma for the viewer but funnily enough it isn't. The background story of his relationship with his mother are some of the more interesting parts of the film but the pop-psychology also dates it, even for 1977. The Burt Reynolds remake makes for an interesting comparison. It's worth mentioning Patrick O'Brien's obvious spoof - The Man with the Smallest Penis in Existence and the Electron Microscope Technician Who Loved Him, which the cynics should enjoy.
June 16, 2014

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A scientist writes about book about his sexual exploits.
As I watched this film, I wondered if it was supposed to be satirical comedy or if there was something I wasn't understanding, that it was saying something complex about sexual politics. Even as the film drew to its conclusion, I couldn't figure out if Francois Truffaut was taking me for a ride that ended nowhere or if I simply wasn't smart enough to be in on the joke. I feel the same way now.
What is certain is that this is a lesser Truffaut film, not up to Antoine Doinel par, but nevertheless the images are sharp, the plot unfolds with ease, and the acting is quite good; Charles Denner is uninhibited and occasionally charming.
I wish the film would have more fully explored his few attempts at love over lust, but considering I don't really know what Truffaut was shooting at, I don't even know if this a fair criticism.
Overall, I suppose this should be on one's checklist of Truffaut films to see, but there are so many better ones.
November 21, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Far from Truffaut's best films, but still a very nice and funny recollection of the romantic and ultimately sad story of a daring womanizer in the search for the meaning of love.
September 12, 2008

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"The Man Who Loved Women" is an engaging, easy-to-watch story, but if you're a film buff looking for bold hallmarks of the French New Wave, you won't find much. Really, the only deviant touch is one self-reflexive scene in which some book publishers discuss the autobiography which the protagonist has submitted. It's as if the film's script is already being critiqued within itself. Otherwise, the plot structure involves flashback and is somewhat episodic, but this is simply the best way to tell the tale rather than an aggressive "challenge" to the viewer. So, your best bet is to take off your scholar's robes and just *enjoy* this gentle, bittersweet fable of an unlikely, not-so-dashing womanizer who wins all hearts through sheer sincerity and persistence. One advisory: There is not nearly as much titillation as one might expect, given the subject matter.
February 23, 2010
Eric Broome

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