Saturday, January 29, 2011

Les Bonnes Femmes



Men suck.

Well, at least that's the message one gathers from Claude Chabrol’s Les Bonnes Femmes at first glance.

But truly, the message is a lot deeper.



The film is an anti-love story, following four shopgirls as they trudge through their dreary, uninspiring lives in Paris. They are women we encounter every day. They are us. A party girl. The timid, loveblind fiance. The girl who secretly wants to be a star. The girl who dreams of being swept up by a white knight.

But unfortunately, these women live in the real world where men are not Prince Charmings.

Reality is a knife that can cut deep when you're busy drowning in yourself.



The sultry and scandalous Les Bonnes Femmes was released in France in 1960. Its graphic content (for that time period) caused such an uproar, citizens trashed movie theaters showing the film.



By the time it was released in the United States in 1966, it was overshadowed by more famous French New Wave films.



What I enjoyed about this film was that behind the ugliness of men, it showed the ugliness of women. Humans are crippled with millions of flaws, one of the most important being faulty perception. Why do we long for the mysterious, gorgeous stranger when our soul mate sits under our nose? Why do we waste our lives daydreaming when we could be living? Why don't we find happiness, rather than wait for it to fall in our laps?



The film doesn't promise answers. It just merely provides the questions.

The rest is your job.

40 comments:

Sootjeelina said...

I love this post, you really know how to write! I really wanna see this movie right now. I am not that big fan of "old" movies, but I will definitely give it a try sooner or later.

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

LiezyL said...

oh wow, i wanna watch that movie right now! awesome post, just awesome!! :)

Theonlyfashionprincess said...

lovely post. really ancient:)
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Couture Carrie said...

Fab review!
Must see this film!

xoxox,
CC

Tabatha said...

Great post :-)
I love Claude Chabrol's oeuvre, but I don't know this particular film. He did so many, it's hard to not get a little overwhelmed.
The majority of his films is rather cynical, I really like that aspect.

Kristin said...

What a write up lady. I'm totally inspired to seek this film out now!

David L Macaulay said...

I love French films, how they are so cleverly made that you don't always need a fast moving plot. A fantastic post as always, Jennifer and so stylish looking.

Christopher said...

If I had the answers to those questions I would definitely exploit them for evil. I mean good.

JUST ME said...

I'm glad you watch all these arty movies so I can pretend I know a thing or two through your blog...;)

Marie said...

Thanks for this review <3

Catherine said...

Man I think I actually watched this at a birthday party few years ago. . .you make me want to watch it again :)

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mckenzie. said...

I really want to see it now!
thankyou for the lovely kind words. i am a new follower. x

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Sherin said...

I have a list of movies that you've recommended. They all sound so good, but I can't find them anywhere in London! (The Valet is still my top priority.)

This one sounds really interesting. And I'm glad it's a movie that doesn't sugarcoat love!

Gawgus things... said...

I must check out this film. It would be gret to see if parts of Paris have changed much over the years...Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comment :) Bon Dimanche xxx

Vintage Vixen said...

Beautiful piece of writing there, Jen. This looks intruiging. xxx

Corinne Monique said...

Thanks for the comment :)
I love your blog (& am following you now ;) Great variety!

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh I love you fort his post, Jennifer! So very rarely does a film fully pique my interest; but this one has done just that. I seriously need to see it ASAP!! :)

thechyrelgomez said...

others have said it and i'll say it as well, i love this post!

makes me wanna watch the movie.

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Ruth said...

This is a really good review! It makes me want to see the film, the stills are beautiful.
Following my love! :)
Also, thankyou for your lovely comment, the photos were so hard to take haha because there was no natural light D:


Love, Ruth xo

Kavery said...

Claude Chabrol brings to mind well-made films and great plot lines. Would love to see this

Ashley said...

This movie sounds so good, I'm going to have to find it somewhere! Thanks for the recommendation!

-Ashley
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FashionJazz said...

You write soo well!! Hope you had a good wknd! xx

michelle_ said...

i wanna watch the moviee nooww !!
great write up :)

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Ariana said...

Great post!Beautiful pics!

Aimee said...

Oooh haven't seen this film, may have to watch it now :) x

Twenty.Something said...

Oh wow, I definitely need to see this film. Talk about Girl Power! But seriously, it sounds fantastic.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

The idea of an anti-love story sounds interesting! The poster looks pretty fun too :)

Missy said...

wow sounds like a really good film to watch x

Missy
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tiny dancer said...

cute post! I love old photos :):):)

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Katie said...

OK definitely following you now. I'm intrigues by this movie, I've never heard of it before. Love all the illustrations on your blog.

OceanDreams said...

very intriguing! sounds good!

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