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  • Director

    François Truffaut

  • With

    Charles Denner, Brigitte Fossey, Nelly Borgeaud, Leslie Caron

  • France 1977. 118min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


  • English subtitles

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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