La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Nouvelle Vague master Claude Chabrol balances subtle stabs of humor and biting class criticism to explore a love story and the seedier side of the haute bourgeois.


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A television weatherwoman is pursued simultaneously by a spoiled pharmaceutical heir and a successful -- but much older -- writer in director Claude Chabrol's blackly comic tale of romance and class differences. Gabrielle Deneige (Ludivine Sagnier) has a high-profile job detailing the forecast on French TV. Yet despite Gabrielle's staunch work ethic, she values her privacy over her professional career and lives in a modest house with her aging mother (Marie Bunel). One day, renowned author … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Chabrol, Cécile Maistre
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 1, 2009
Runtime:
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Cast


as Gabrielle Aurore Den...

as Capucine Jamet

as Geneviève Gaudens

as Charles Denis

as Marie Deneige

as Dona Saint-Denis

as Paul André Claude Ga...

as Denis Deneige

as Stéphane Lorbach

as Gérard Briançon

as Philippe Le Riou

as Edouard

as Joséphine Gaudens
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Critic Reviews for La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two)

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (25)

This is one of Chabrol's most elegant, acerbic and heartfelt entertainments in years.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Claude Chabrol's capacity to make shopworn material seem almost new is especially evident in this 2007 drama.

Full Review… | December 16, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Another patented Chabrol commentary, not a morality play but something far more worldly and difficult to ignore.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

Chabrol's astute dissection of sex, class and show business. Bravo, Claude, a rare man in profound touch with the darker impulses of his species.

Full Review… | September 13, 2010
NewsBlaze

It's not fresh material, but in the hands of a master like Chabrol it appears like a fresh breeze.

Full Review… | July 28, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Talk is everything, with action hinted at the edges, as Chabrol's camera sidles off to look at a casually thrown book, or skates away from anything salacious.

Full Review… | July 1, 2009
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two)

I'll be honest, I only watched The Girl Cut in Two because I think Ludivine Sagnier is a Class A hottie. So it's probably not a shock that I was underwhelmed by it.

It's a rather French movie about a woman (Sagnier) who is pursued by two men, a young and emotionally volatile rich man, and an older married writer. Both men are ultimately bad options, and the movie quickly changes from something of a charming romantic film to something much darker in tone. It could be called "a movie cut in two", if a person wanted to be clever (which I do).

Anyway, neither half of the movie was particularly good, in my opinion. The narrative tended to wander, Sagnier's character seemed silly and unsympathetic with little explanation of why, and the other characters were almost universally unlikable or uninteresting. Combine all that with the odd (and not in a compelling way) ending, and The Girl Cut in Two becomes a movie that I probably wouldn't recommend.

lewiskendell
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

A thriller inspired by the infamous, murderous New York love triangle between Evelyn Nesbit, Harry Thaw and Stanford White. The story takes place in modern-day France: Ludivine Saigner plays the lead, a lovely weather girl, Francois Berleand is the famous, aging writer who begins an affair with her, and Benoit Magimel is the psychologically unstable -young-millionaire who wants to marry her.
These superbly-written and overall unpleasant characters drift between the evil and the ingenue with slyness. Selfishness and immorality abound, everyone takes advantage of everyone, and approches everyone for reasons very different from love. So all in all, as I watched, I knew all three characters were bound for something tragic.

Chabrol is a skilled, competent filmmaker, and his film never falls flat, never bores, it keeps a steady pace and a consistent veil of suspense and uncertainty. To put it simply, it is a regular Hitchcock, with less censorship limitations.

While it isn't an extraordinary film it is a good thriller with some black comedy moments. And what's best, it is a non-cop thriller; therefore it has less opportunities to be commonplace, and less pressure put on a typical police figure. All the interaction within La fille coupée... takes place in a very (un)civic and unlawful context in which unbridled sexual and emotional promiscuity thrives, not just between the members of the "love" triangle but between them and their immediate surroundings. Everyone in this film very much wants to be uncompromisingly seduced and is more than willing to dispose after using.

So, there's not much left to say... a thriller about bad things that happen to people of questionable morale (there are no bad guys here!)

ebs90
Elvira B

Super Reviewer

½

[size=3]Another French film about erotic obsession. Quelle surprise! "A Girl Cut in Two," by the nearly 80-year-old director [b]Claude Chabrol[/b], is the one-hundred-millionth French film about sexual passion run amok. How is it that the French can still stomach their national cinema when the same theme is repeated over and over ad nauseam? [/size]

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[size=3]Once again a delectable young French woman (this time played by the talented [b]Ludivine Sagnier[/b]) is caught in an erotic triangle. One of the men is a highly educated sixtysomething literary author, played reasonably well by [b]Francois Berleand[/b]. (The French seem to have a law requiring that every film have at least one literary writer in it.) [/size]
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[size=3]The other man, happily, is a character not seen every day in French cinema. He is a spoiled, somewhat deranged aristocrat. In the hands of actor [b]Benoit Magimel[/b], he is fun to watch. [/size][size=3]But his absurdly effete haircut (see photo below) is one of the all-time worst hair designs in the history of French cinema. He looks like he gets put together each day by the worst drag queen in Paris. And what's horrendous is that the film takes his haircut seriously. No one in the film laughs at his hair, only the audience in the theater does.[/size]

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Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

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