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7.5
/10
424 Ratings

The Unfaithful Wife

La femme infidèle

Directed by Claude Chabrol
Italy, France, 1969
Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

A man begins to believe his wife is cheating on him and hires a private detective in order to prove himself right.

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The Unfaithful Wife Directed by Claude Chabrol

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1970 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1970 | 3 runner-up prizes including: Best Film

The précis is in the opening credits — a family portrait goes blurry, then snaps back in focus. . . . Nothing here is as beguiling as the emotional turmoil peeking from behind Audran’s cool-elegant façade, her sadness for a vanished paramour giving way to the illicit satisfaction of knowing that her husband is willing to kill for her.
February 12, 2010
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Much of this is deliberately as slow as molasses in its pacing, but never boring. Chabrol’s ease with this material, and his way of bringing more and more depth and insight to his subject, never falters, and the ending manages to be both profound and unexpected.
July 01, 2007
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Not the least of the ironies is that the point is made sincerely and responsibly: when the film’s smug, tubby hero kills his wife’s lover, he genuinely becomes a richer, worthier individual. . . . [It’s] so sharp and funny that the film often feels like satire, yet its fundamental seriousness emerges in a magnificent last act, and an unforgettable last shot.
January 01, 1980
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