The Woman Next Door

  • 1981
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

This dark entry from Truffaut pairs French superstar Depardieu with newcomer Ardant as former flames who have married other people and now live next door to each other. Depardieu, who has been living a comfortable though joyless bourgeois existence with his wife and young son, tries to avoid Ardant at every turn. A chance meeting at the supermarket, however,...read more

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This dark entry from Truffaut pairs French superstar Depardieu with newcomer Ardant as former flames who have married other people and now live next door to each other. Depardieu, who has been living a comfortable though joyless bourgeois existence with his wife and young son, tries to

avoid Ardant at every turn. A chance meeting at the supermarket, however, opens a floodgate of buried emotions, and the romance is resumed. Gradually, Depardieu and Ardant's mutual obsession builds to a dangerous level that neither can control. As he did in JULES AND JIM and THE STORY OF ADELE H.,

Truffaut once again displays his interest in obsessive love and the pain and destruction it can cause. Here as in THE SOFT SKIN and THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, the shadow of Hitchcock looms large, resulting in a taut, psychological narrative that stifles the director's poetic impulse. Stage actress

Ardant, who makes a stunning starring debut here as the woman obsessed, also appears in Truffaut's final film, CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS.

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  • Released: 1981
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This dark entry from Truffaut pairs French superstar Depardieu with newcomer Ardant as former flames who have married other people and now live next door to each other. Depardieu, who has been living a comfortable though joyless bourgeois existence with hi… (more)

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