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La Peau douce (The Soft Skin) (1964)



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Francois Truffaut directed this simple tale of revenge and adultery which features an exceptional musical score by Georges Delerue. The story concerns a love affair between successful literary magazine editor Pierre Lachenay (Jean Desailly) and alluring airline stewardess, Nicole Chomette (Francoise Dorleac). They meet on a flight to Lisbon, where Pierre is scheduled to deliver a lecture. When he returns to Paris, they continue their affair, but find it is difficult to set up their clandestine trysts, so Pierre arranges a lecture trip to Riems, where they can be together. In Riems however, Pierre finds it difficult to keep the affair a secret from his lecture sponsors. Upon his return to Paris, his wife Franca (Nelly Benedetti), suspicious her husband is having an affair, quarrels with Pierre, who leaves her and asks Nicole to marry him. Nicole refuses his proposition and Pierre attempts to reconcile with his wife. But Nelly, with a gun in her bag, is en route to surprise Pierre at his favorite restaurant for a final confrontation. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Jean Desailly
as Pierre Lachenay
Françoise Dorléac
as Nicole Chomette
Nelly Benedetti
as Franca Lachenay
Jean Lanier
as Michel
as Organizer at Lisbon
Georges de Givray
as Nicole's Father
Catherine Duport
as Young Girl at Rheims
Mme. Harlaut
as Mme. Leloix
Charles Lavialle
as Night Porter at Hotel Michelet
Olivia Poli
as Mme. Bontemps
Jean-Louis Richard
as Man in Street
Brigitte Zhendre-Laforest
as Linen Delivery Woman
Philippe Dumat
as Reims Cinema Manager
Maurice Garrel
as Bontemps
Dominique Lacarriere
as Pierre's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for La Peau douce (The Soft Skin)

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Francois Truffaut's "The Soft Skin" is being revived at the very moment when it seems uncannily prophetic

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011
Village Voice
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Truffaut does show that he can make a solidly carpentered film like anybody else.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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[A] steely 1964 study in the cruel mechanics of illicit love.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Not a total success perhaps, but still a striking and sensitive effort.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for La Peau douce (The Soft Skin)


This taut and understated romantic drama, Francois Truffaut's fourth feature, focuses on a minor academic celebrity (Jean Desailly) who begins an extramarital affair with a young stewardess (Francoise Dorleac). The foibles and failings of each character are methodically laid bare as the tension in this film mounts to its seemingly inevitable conclusion. The Soft Skin is often compared to Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers and, while it isn't difficult to see why, there's also an undercurrent of noir, Jean Renoir, and deconstructionism; like a lot of French New Wave, it's easy to see how it inspired maverick directors like Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Quentin Tarantino. Overall, The Soft Skin is an underrated movie that deftly showcases the visual storytelling skills and deceptive simplicity of Truffaut's artistry.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

This movie is absolutely great. It's like idea from Truffaut that was then written by Hitchcock, then made into a movie by Truffaut (he did direct it). But movie buffs and cinefiles will absolutely love this movie. It features regular people in regular situations, turned into a thriller using the methods pioneered by Hutchcock.

Robert Gates
Robert Gates

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.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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