The Renoir Truffaut
The Man Who Loved Women
L’ Homme qui aimait les femmes
Charles Denner stars in Truffaut’s cool, partly comic critique of a compulsive womaniser.
Image: Dominique Le Rigoleur
Charles Denner, Brigitte Fossey, Nelly Borgeaud, Leslie Caron
France 1977. 118min
An intriguing, sometimes unsettling study of an aeronautics engineer (Denner) who devotes his non-working hours to the pursuit of sexual encounters with women. The film never endorses his behaviour but offers a critical analysis – peppered with moments of absurdist comedy – of an obsessive with complex psychological shortcomings; accordingly, Denner’s cool detachment suggests neither contentment nor fulfilment but a haunted, compulsive defensiveness.
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