The Woman Next Door (La femme d'à côté)
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The Woman Next Door (La femme d'à côté)
François Truffaut's The Woman Next Door continues his fascination with obsessive love. It was also his first collaboration with Fanny Ardant, who would become his favored leading lady for the last phase of his career and offscreen love for the last years of his life. Bernard Coudray (Gerard Deparidieu) is a happily married man living in the village of Grenoble; his life is knocked askew when Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard move in next door, and Mathilde (Ardant) proves to be Bernard's long-ago lover. Truffaut and his screenwriters deftly allow the couple to slide into an affair, slowly… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A profoundly Hitchcockian film, in that its real subjects are guilt, passion and terrible consequences of a sin that starts out small."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Intended as a sophisticated study about the travails of obsessive love among the bourgeois professionals."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Truffaut mines the natural acting prowess of his leading lovers to great effect"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The work of one of the most continuously surprising and accomplished directors of his day."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"An intriguing story about obsessive love"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"In the end, the film is not about an attraction between two people, but about the love of the spectator for the image -- the perverse transactions between the audience and the screen."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The Woman Next Door is a compelling exploration of romantic obsession."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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