La Peau douce (The Soft Skin)
La Peau douce (The Soft Skin) (1964)

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)… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 12, 1964
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2015
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Francois Truffaut's "The Soft Skin" is being revived at the very moment when it seems uncannily prophetic

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David Jenkins
Time Out

[A] steely 1964 study in the cruel mechanics of illicit love.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

It's the work of a director operating at the height of his powers, and figuring out where he wanted to take his career after that first flash of inspiration.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Truffaut has directed the film more like a thriller than a melodrama...

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Variety Staff

Truffaut does show that he can make a solidly carpentered film like anybody else.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Not a total success perhaps, but still a striking and sensitive effort.

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TV Guide

One of Truffaut's least successful, most derivative films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
"The Soft Skin" is a beautifully shot tragedy, featuring nuanced performances from Jean Desailly and Françoise Dorléac plus… More