La Rupture (The Break Up) (The Breach) (Hallucination) (1970)
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as Hélène Régnier
as Paul Thomas
as Ludovic Régnier
as Mme Pinelli
as Charles Régnier
as Henri Pinelli
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When her high-strung, drug-addicted husband attacks and injures their son, a lowborn but decent and hardworking woman (Stéphane Audran) fights her aristocratic parents-in-law for custody of the boy. With a scene depicting the corruption of a girl with learning difficulties, this jet black comedy from Claude Chabrol is occasionally too cruel to laugh at, though only the worst kind of prude would deny that the payoffs invariably justify any amount of uncomfortable squirming. Chabrol fans will recognise a lot of familiar faces (Audran, Michel Bouquet, Michel Duchaussoy, Dominique Zardi, to name just a few) but Chabrol irregular Jean-Pierre Cassel walks away with the movie as perhaps the most morally bankrupt private investigator in cinema history. Cassel, of course, would play Stéphane Audran's husband in Buñuel's "Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" a couple of years later.
Early Chabrol, and his characters are up to the customary machinations, and many are very nasty indeed. One of the oddest endings of any Chabrol movie, very 1970.
This is a B list movie on all levels. Aniston is not pleasant to look at and neither is Vaughn. Neither are talanted either. Stomping around and snarling at each other for an hour and a half does not make a movie of this footage. Aniston's fans finally turned out for one of her attempts, but can they sustain her effort to become a movie star? Time will tell, but I wouldn't bet on it.
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