An often ignored film by Truffaut, this black comedy is about women and their seemingly magical hold over men. Lafont, who first appeared in his 1957 short, LES MISTONS, takes up where she left off some 15 years earlier. In LES MISTONS she was tormented by a quintet of young boys who were
very much in love with her. Here Lafont is able to take revenge on her tormentors.
The picture starts with a sociologist, Dussollier, preparing to write a book called Criminal Women (which he never gets to publish). He visits a women's prison and decides to interview convicted murderess Lafont, passing up offers to interview a woman who dismembered her victims and another who
strangles them using only one hand. Dussollier discovers that Lafont is indirectly responsible for the deaths of her father and her mother-in-law, and was unsuccessful in her attempts to kill attorney Brasseur and husband Leotard with rat poison. She is eventually acquitted of her crime and rises
to become a famed singer, not because of her voice (which is wretched) but because of the publicity that surrounds her case. Backstage at one of her performances, she is confronted by Leotard and Dussollier kills Leotard. But Lafont still has her own unique resources at hand.
SUCH A GORGEOUS KID LIKE ME, though it may not initially seem Truffautesque, has roots in a number of his previous films. He compares this film to THE WILD CHILD. Lafont's murderous female character is also seen in JULES AND JIM and THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (and to a lesser, non-violent extent in THE
STORY OF ADELE H.). While it may not be an audience pleaser, SUCH A GORGEOUS KID LIKE ME is a definite must for those who are interested in learning about the "total" Truffaut.
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- Released: 1973
- Rating: R
- Review: An often ignored film by Truffaut, this black comedy is about women and their seemingly magical hold over men. Lafont, who first appeared in his 1957 short, LES MISTONS, takes up where she left off some 15 years earlier. In LES MISTONS she was tormented by… (more)