A Gentle Creature

1969, Drama, 1h 28m

13 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Elle (Dominique Sanda) steps off the balcony of her Parisian apartment, plunging to her death. Why has she done it? As her pawnbroker husband, Luc (Guy Frangin), looks over her dead body, director Robert Bresson's eerie, elegant picture traces their lives together in flashback. Elle is the "Gentle Creature" -- meek, dreamy and thoughtful. She entrances Luc, who pursues her passionately. They marry, but the match never seems right, and things turn sour, grimly heading toward an inevitable end.

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  • Sep 24, 2009
    A strange sort of cold love with a few demonstrations of affection and tenderness. The "gentle woman" superficially seems to be passionate and innocent; the reveal of her character scares specially herself. Based on Dostoevsky´s A Gentle Creature, "Une Femme Douce" begins with a suicide and shows a typical realtionship where an orphan poor girl marries the owner of a pawnshop. The characteristics of their relationship, the lack of conversation, the isolation of both characters, her attitudes towards him show a relationship where each one has a specific role: he is the provider, she is the "submitted" wife. At first, the angry and the revolt. Caught in a life she can´t stand, she thinks about killing him. Surprised, scared and ashamed, unable to suit up, she kills herself. Like in "Lolita", all we have are the words of a hurted man that needs to tell the story to get off his guilty and, maybe, try to reconstruct that one who was his object of desire. <br> <br>
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