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18 Ratings

Love Story


Directed by Claude Autant-Lara
France, 1943


In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé. Douce believes she is in love with Fabien, the handsome manager of the estate. However she cannot hope to marry him because of their class difference.

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Love Story Directed by Claude Autant-Lara
A Christmas film as melancholy as it is witty.
December 28, 2018
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The one catch was that the rip was unsubtitled, which presented me with the dilemma of whether I should proceed with watching . . . What strikes me most is how insular the film feels – it’s all filmed on sets, largely interiors, with exteriors taking place in night streets and alleys taking place at night. Knowing that this was a production under German-controlled Vichy adds to this feeling of confinement. The stage-bound artifice also adds a dollhouse fairy-tale like quality.
January 29, 2010
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The film takes a somewhat predictable turn to tragedy, but it was startling to me because up until then I had been watching a very funny comedy of manners . . . Douce is a highly entertaining, well-written, if somewhat mannered example of a very high quality of filmmaking indeed.
April 30, 2008
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