La Truite (1982)



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This French sex farce is translated in English as The Trout. Joseph Losey directed and co-wrote the film, which stars Isabelle Huppert as Frederique, a young woman living on her family's rural trout farm. Frederique is trapped in a dull marriage to a rube. She decides to leave him and the trout farm for the city; she wants to make her living in the financial sector. She ends up in a cutthroat corporate world and meets up with the sophisticated Lou (the legendary Jeanne Moreau). Frederique finds herself trading sexual favors for corporate advancement and becoming more deeply involved in a complicated series of business dealings. Eventually, she longs for a return to her simpler life on the trout farm. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi


Isabelle Huppert
as Frederique
Daniel Olbrychski
as Saint-Genis
Isao Yamagata
as Daigo Hamada
Lucas Delvaux
as Young Employee
Pierre Forget
as Frederique's Father
Anne Francois
as Air Hostess
Ippo Fujikawa
as Kumitaro
Craig Stevens
as Carter company president
Alexis Smith
as Gloria rich widow
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Critic Reviews for La Truite

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Losey's penultimate film is one of his most assured, depicting with unusual objectivity the impact of a type of personality met with in life from time to time, but not often in the movies.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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If there's anything more boring than movie characters with preordained lives, it's a movie that tips us off they're preordained.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Losey, at the age of 73, has no shortage of observations to make, but The Trout isn't able to present them in a coherent form.

Aug 30, 2004 | Full Review…

La Truite, Joseph Losey's best film in a decade, is a plum pudding for auteurists.

Dec 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A bleak romantic comedy that chronicles the life of cold fish Isabelle Huppert.

Oct 4, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

vapid to the point where it's hard to really care

Mar 21, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for La Truite

In "La Truite," Galuchat(Jacques Spiesser) and his wife Frederique(Isabelle Huppert) are together in a marriage of convenience. He is gay. She is asexual. So while they do not have much, they make the most of their time together. On one such outing at a bowling alley(love that aquarium), they meet a party that includes the financiers Rambert(Jean-Pierre Cassel) and St. Genis(Daniel Olbrychski). While Rambert's wife, Lou(Jeanne Moreau), worries about some of her husband's business dealings, St. Genis invites Frederique along to Japan with him on a business trip. "La Truite" is a moderately intriguing movie, about as one character puts it, finding one's place in the world. Sadly, the pop synth music is not the only thing that dates this movie, as there are also the attitudes of the time, with the movie needlessly going for a psychological explanation in flashbacks that at first are hard to tell from the present action. In any case, the need for money never goes out of style.

Walter M.
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