Image: Pierre Zucca

  • Director

    François Truffaut

  • With

    Bernardette Lafont, Charles Denner, Guy Marchand, Claude Brasseur, André Dussolier

  • France 1972. 101min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


  • English subtitles

Truffaut is at his most atypical with this black comedy about a young woman (Lafont, gleefully raucous) rising from rural rags to richly ironic celebrity by means of murder, deceit and ruthless, repeated seduction. The movie revels in bad taste, yet Camille’s progress towards prison and beyond recalls Renoir’s Boudu... in exposing the hypocrisy, corruption, vanity and gullibility of the men she encounters en route.

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The Mischief-Makers

France 1957. Dir François Truffaut. 18min. Digital. English subtitles

Shot in and around Nîmes, this cast locals as adolescents spying on the sister of one of their number (Nouvelle vague icon Bernardette Lafont, in her screen debut) when she takes up with a sports teacher (Gérard Blain).

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