La Peau douce (The Soft Skin) (1964)
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as Pierre Lachenay
as Nicole Chomette
as Franca Lachenay
as Organizer at Lisbon
as Nicole's Father
as Young Girl at Rheims
as Mme. Leloix
as Night Porter at Hotel Michelet
as Mme. Bontemps
as Man in Street
as Linen Delivery Woman
as Reims Cinema Manager
as Pierre's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for La Peau douce (The Soft Skin)
Francois Truffaut's "The Soft Skin" is being revived at the very moment when it seems uncannily prophetic
François Truffaut's fourth feature, The Soft Skin, has never gotten much respect -- even though many people (myself included) regard it as one of his best.
Truffaut does show that he can make a solidly carpentered film like anybody else.
[A] steely 1964 study in the cruel mechanics of illicit love.
It's a curiously crude and hackneyed drama to come from Mr. Truffaut, but this way of using his actors and working his camera is up to his style.
Audience Reviews for La Peau douce (The Soft Skin)
"The Soft Skin" is a beautifully shot tragedy, featuring nuanced performances from Jean Desailly and Françoise Dorléac plus Georges Delerue's exquisite score (melancholy flute everywhere). But did such a simple story really need to be stretched to 113 minutes? This film could have been 20 minutes shorter, easy. Desailly plays a celebrity author who's much in demand on the lecture circuit. He has a wife and a young daughter. He meets stewardess Dorleac during a flight to Lisbon. They begin a loving affair, but we know it's only a matter of time before his wife finds out and raises a ruckus. Really, that's just about the whole plot. "The Soft Skin" has only three substantial characters and a standard story, yet somehow it extends to nearly two hours. Blame this on too many belabored depictions of eating, drinking, driving, phone calls, hotel check-ins and trivial conversation. And yet despite the leisurely pace, the script communicates almost nothing about why the lovers are so drawn to each other. We know that he's famous and she's gorgeous, and that such surface traits could create a mutual attraction. Anything else?
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