La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two)
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La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two)
A television weatherwoman is pursued simultaneously by a spoiled pharmaceutical heir and a successful -- but much older -- writer in director Claude Chabrol's blackly comic tale of romance and class differences. Gabrielle Deneige (Ludivine Sagnier) has a high-profile job detailing the forecast on French TV. Yet despite Gabrielle's staunch work ethic, she values her privacy over her professional career and lives in a modest house with her aging mother (Marie Bunel). One day, renowned author Charles Saint-Denis (François Berléand) is interviewed at the television station where Gabrielle… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is one of Chabrol's most elegant, acerbic and heartfelt entertainments in years."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Spectacularly assured, A Girl Cut in Two keeps you off-balance as it establishes a world where every conversation is a flirtation, and trouble and heartbreak sneak in on little cat feet when no one's looking."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Another patented Chabrol commentary, not a morality play but something far more worldly and difficult to ignore."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Talk is everything, with action hinted at the edges, as Chabrol's camera sidles off to look at a casually thrown book, or skates away from anything salacious."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"One's final impression is that aging legends make unreliable puppet-masters. And that it's all too easy for a desirable young actress to be left dangling in mid-air."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Claude Chabrol's capacity to make shopworn material seem almost new is especially evident in this 2007 drama."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"More than a century later, this is still a juicy story, and the actors don't back away from its more hysterical flourishes."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Chabrol's astute dissection of sex, class and show business. Bravo, Claude, a rare man in profound touch with the darker impulses of his species."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Though the performances are all first-rate, the film is let down by weak characterisation. Still, it's enjoyable, if not exceptional."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
"The relationships are never completely convincing and there are too many unresolved questions to create an entirely satisfying tale."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"While not a classic, this is a pleasantly disturbing, nominally voyeuristic romp in the territory Chabrol knows best."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"Chabrol is a past master at visual storytelling and a stiletto wit."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's not fresh material, but in the hands of a master like Chabrol it appears like a fresh breeze."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This description may make this movie sound much more interesting than it is."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Too cold and cynical to be truly enjoyed but the old dog still has a few new tricks up his sleeve."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4

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