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Une Femme Douce (1969) Robert Bresson; Dominique Sanda, Guy Frangin
Une Femme Douce (1969) Robert Bresson; Dominique Sanda, Guy Frangin


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This is a region-free DVD-R without case or artwork.

In French with English subtitles. This is a VHS transfer.

A young woman kills herself, leaving no explanation to her grief-stricken pawnbroker husband. We learn in flashback about how they met, married, and how she failed to adapt her lifestyle to his. Disgusted with his attempts to dominate her, she considers murdering him, but finds herself unable to do it...

Working in color for the first time, the director uses the new palette with subtlety and discrimination, creating a mutedly beautiful film. He is blessed with excellent performances from the domineering Frangin and the ravishing, always intriguing Dominique Sanda, who holds the picture together with her quiet power. Mesmerizing, puzzling, and captivating, this is a treasure of a film.

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5 of 5 Une femme douce (Robert Bresson) August 21, 2016
Reviewer: Heinz Jurgen Bosche from Otterndorf, Germany Germany  
Thanks for it; very nice!

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4 of 5 Worth watching July 25, 2015
Reviewer: Brent Stuart from Toronto, ON Canada  
The male lead’s performance as the soul-dead pawnbroker is enhanced by deliberate “mechanical” cutting and constant repetition of various restricted locales. The man is attracted to Sanda’s character because she too is a “dead soul”. This approach contradicts the idea that she’s the “gentle woman” of the title. She’s opportunistic at grabbing a chance to leave her drab family life by marrying the pawnbroker. A scene from Hamlet also reveals a telling part of her nature. She’s young, beautiful, smart but chooses suicide over dumping the husband, revealing a grave condition which the pawnbroker shared. So she displays aspects of the “Femme Fatale” i.e. if the man had a chance of becoming emotionally alive again, this was shattered by her purposeful death with various calculated lingering effects. So “La Femme Douce” might be an ironic title. It’s a VHS transfer but well worth seeing since a better format may take years to appear if ever.

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5 of 5 Bresson's first color film February 15, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Armadale, Victoria Australia  
Bresson's first two color films are both adaptations of Dostoievski stories. Une Femme Douce is an exceptionally well-crafted film, one of great moral seriousness. It benefits from Dominique Sanda's and Guy Frangin's restrained performances, and Ghislain Cloquet's excellent photography. Perhaps more like 'Pickpocket' than any other Bresson film, this one is somber indeed, but very worthwhile. Thanks to MovieDetective for making Bresson's first two color films available; the later ones are easier to find, but these two are extraordinary.

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