The Woman Next Door (La femme d'à côté)
The Woman Next Door (La femme d'à côté) (1981)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A profoundly Hitchcockian film, in that its real subjects are guilt, passion and terrible consequences of a sin that starts out small.

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Betsy Sherman
Arts Fuse

The Woman Next Door (1981) unites the sublime Gérard Depardieu with big-screen newcomer Fanny Ardant in a combustible drama about the consequences of passion.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The Woman Next Door is a compelling exploration of romantic obsession.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The work of one of the most continuously surprising and accomplished directors of his day.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Intended as a sophisticated study about the travails of obsessive love among the bourgeois professionals.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Truffaut mines the natural acting prowess of his leading lovers to great effect

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

An intriguing story about obsessive love

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
"The Woman Next Door" is a simple tale of romantic obsession. Simple enough that director Francois Truffaut apparently had trouble fleshing it into a… More
Tom S.
Depardieu wears this one really great sweater in this movie.
Emily B.
A lesser known Truffaut. Certainly not one of his best but it's entertaining enough. Also it's one of Truffaut's films where his love for… More