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A wildly meandering story of a ménage à trois works mostly due to its excellent cast, but its plot is not really that interesting.
Rosalie (Romy Schneider) is in a relationship with brash businessman Cesar (Yves Montand) when David (Sami Frey), a true love from her past, returns to Paris after a long absence. David is a comic book artist and his quiet, sensitive nature is very different from Cesar's very masculine, outgoing personality. Rosalie cannot decide and bounces between both of them ... before deciding not to decide. A very smart romantic comedy/drama that goes unexpected places. Isabelle Huppert appears in one of her first film roles as Rosalie's younger sister.
A French film about a love triangle - imagine that!
A middle-aged suit & tie type of man (Montand) and his attractive and slightly younger lover (Schneider) seem content in their bourgeois Paris lifestyle, built off the buying and selling of salvage. In fact, five years earlier, Montand picked up Schneider for a bargain price off the scrap heap when her Bohemian artist boy friend (Frey) dumped her and skipped town.
Now Frey's back and Schneider's all too ready to forgo Montand and the wonderful life he's provided. Montand becomes morose, lost, confused and prone to fits of rage and violence. Something's got to give - and director Sautet reels off about 90 minutes of film teasing the viewer along regarding what that something will be.
If this plotline set-up sounds just too similar to Adrian Lynn's "Unfaithful" (2002) to be coincidence, there's good reason. "Unfaithful" is based on Chabrol's "La Femme Infidele" (1969), a film only three years younger than this one - and one that Sautet surely knew all too well.
The difference is that Chabrol, as most of the French New Wave directors, criticized the French bourgeois as shallow, complacent and hypocritical, while Sautet was far more sympathetic to their plight. So this film is essentially Sautet's rejoinder to "Unfaithful."
This film is not anywhere near as engaging as Sautet's excellent, highly recommended later works "Un Coeur en Hiver" and "Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud."
Here in this film, the viewer is forced to watch Schneider callously "try on" first one of the two men for fit, then the other, over and over, as though she were at a Macy's shoe sale. There's not much cause for sympathy in that.
RECOMMENDATION: Only for genre completists.
Yves Montand en grand escogriffe fragile, Sami Frey en sÃ©ducteur serein et Romy Schneider en femme doublement dÃ©sirÃ©e. Un bon film trÃ¨s franÃ§ais et plein de charme (mais un peu caricatural). A revoir.
Un autre excellent film de Sautet avec Yves Montant qui domine nettement toute la production.
"je suis allÃ©e loin pour elle , trÃ¨s loin , trop loin, j'ai mÃªme ...tuÃ© un type ! " le personnage de CÃ©sar , un homme avec toute sa virilitÃ© , sa folie et son amour ...fascinant !
Le charme du film naÃ®t de la magie qui unit les trois interprÃ¨tes, la sÃ©duction de Romy Schneider, la truculence d'Yves Montand et la classe de Sami Frey. Un petit miracle pour ce trio amoureux de l'amour.
Sort of a different take on Jules and Jim---nobody dies and the competing men end up good friends, after the woman leaves. Yves Montand was great as Cesar, a successful business man who knows so little about life, love, and women, and who acts like a petulant child when he does not get his way. The other actors seemed a little weak and thin.
Romy Schneider proves she was the greatest actress of the 70's in France
Il y a une chose que Sautet sait parfaitement faire c'est "construire une histoire" !