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Bernard Coudray (Gérard Depardieu), a teacher, lives with his wife and small son in quiet, idyllic rural France. One day, though, a married couple moves into the house next door. Strangely enough, the woman -- Mathilde Bauchard (Fanny Ardant) -- happens to be Coudray's ex-lover, with whom he had an intense affair years earlier. Coudray resumes his obsession with Bauchard, and their rekindled romance threatens to destroy both their marriages -- if it doesn't destroy each of them first.

Cast & Crew

Gérard Depardieu
Bernard Coudray
Fanny Ardant
Mathilde Bauchard
Henri Garcin
Philippe Bauchard
Roger Van Hool
Roland Duguet
Veronique Silver
Madame Odile Jouve
Olivier Becquaert
Thomas Coudray
François Truffaut
Writer (Screenplay)
Suzanne Schiffman
Writer (Screenplay)
Jean Aurel
Writer (Screenplay)
Georges Delerue
Original Music
William Lubtchansky
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Woman Next Door

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for The Woman Next Door

  • Nov 01, 2009
    "The Woman Next Door" is a simple tale of romantic obsession. Simple enough that director Francois Truffaut apparently had trouble fleshing it into a full-length feature. So, he adds a trivial subplot about book publishing, an inordinate amount of tennis and a strangely emphasized secondary character who doesn't justify her prominence. Bernard (Gerard Depardieu, who else?) lives with his wife and child in a cozy country home. A couple moves into the house next door and, lo and behold, the beautiful Mathilde (Fanny Ardant, who later had a daughter with Truffaut) turns out to be Bernard's ex-lover from several years ago. They had an intense relationship that drove them both to the brink of madness. Bernard and Mathilde delay telling their partners about this awkward coincidence, but can't help immediately resuming their affair. This won't end well, will it? The film is expertly directed with a classy Georges Delerue score, but there's a point where the emotional heat takes a radical jump that seems too sudden and not entirely motivated. Depardieu and Ardant don't have much chemistry, and a few flashbacks might have helped their story's impact. And Veronique Silver is fine as an older, maternal friend whose crippled leg foreshadows the danger of all-consuming desire, but she never becomes vital to the plot and draws far too much screen time. Meanwhile, the spouses of Bernard and Mathilde are underwritten and barely make an impression. Odd. With a better focused script, this could have been a great film.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2008
    A lesser known Truffaut. Certainly not one of his best but it's entertaining enough. Also it's one of Truffaut's films where his love for Hitchcock is most evident. Good ending as well, even if it was somewhat foreshadowed in the beginning.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2007
    Depardieu wears this one really great sweater in this movie.
    Tom S Super Reviewer

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