La Peau douce (The Soft Skin)
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Francois Truffaut directed this simple tale of revenge and adultery which features an exceptional musical score by Georges Delerue. The story concerns a love affair between successful literary magazine editor Pierre Lachenay (Jean Desailly) and alluring airline stewardess, Nicole Chomette (Francoise Dorleac). They meet on a flight to Lisbon, where Pierre is scheduled to deliver a lecture. When he returns to Paris, they continue their affair, but find it is difficult to set up their clandestine trysts, so Pierre arranges a lecture trip to Riems, where they can be together. In Riems however,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Francois Truffaut's "The Soft Skin" is being revived at the very moment when it seems uncannily prophetic"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] steely 1964 study in the cruel mechanics of illicit love."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Truffaut has directed the film more like a thriller than a melodrama..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It's stunningly assured, suspenseful, emotionally truthful and tough."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Is more witty and poignant than warm and fuzzy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"François Truffaut's fourth feature, The Soft Skin, has never gotten much respect -- even though many people (myself included) regard it as one of his best."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"It's a curiously crude and hackneyed drama to come from Mr. Truffaut, but this way of using his actors and working his camera is up to his style."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One of Truffaut's least successful, most derivative films."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The influence of Alfred Hitchcock is readily apparent in this darkly comic and wonderfully observed tale of femmes fatales and crimes passionels."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Infidelity is the theme of François Truffaut's passion-filled tale, which triggers the unraveling of everything in the life of successful scholar and lecturer Pierre Lachenay, compellingly played by stage actor Jean Desailly."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Truffaut does show that he can make a solidly carpentered film like anybody else."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Not a total success perhaps, but still a striking and sensitive effort."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A mesmerizing morality play detailing the machinations of adultery and their deadly consequences."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"No cheery triangle, but rather the director's rejection of his own Jules and Jim image as a Pez-dispenser of cushy lyricism"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"simple narrative penetrates the complications arising from adultery with far more discernment than any film I can recall"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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