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      The Widow Couderc

      Released Sep 15, 1971 1h 28m Drama List
      Reviews 80% Audience Score 50+ Ratings The relationship between a middle-aged French widow (Simone Signoret) and a young drifter (Alain Delon) takes a turn when her young niece pays a visit. Read More Read Less

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      Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network Delon is deliciously mysterious and remarkably understated and Signoret is a woman bursting with anger, pent up sexual energy, bravery, and grace. She adds so much nuance to an already well-written role. Rated: A- Jul 6, 2021 Full Review Ian Thomas Malone A contemplative narrative, one more concerned with raising questions than presenting answers. The acting is top notch, with Delon and Signoret in peak form. Aug 17, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      william k Excellent Simenon adaptation is less crime thriller and rather a moving psychological drama with a tinge of romance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The strength of âLa veuve Couderc❠becomes apparent on many different levels. Not only does it paint a fascinating picture of the stereotypical contrasts of the countryside, but also of the developing relationship between Simone Signoret (the widow) and Alain Delon (the stranger). The idyllic pictures (with matching music) suggest that the countryside village we are looking at is the picture-postcard sort of place we would hope it to be. But once the taciturn residents are beginning to speak about the past and disclose their frustrations and old feuds, an entirely different picture crops up. Anyone having grown up in the country will recognize these repressed tensions that entirely ruin the rosy-eyed image of the naive outsider once his illusions have been shattered. As viewers, we identify with Delonâ(TM)s character, being the outsider looking for a job and a place to stay. Like him, we intuitively take to the character of the widow, who seems the most bonafide of all. Since the status quo at the village takes up all our attention, we almost forget to wonder about Delonâ(TM)s past, which appears to be not too inconsequential either. The director (Pierre Granier-Deferre) has done a great job diverting our focus here. The strangerâ(TM)s past and background prove to be very important later on, when the events are drawing to a close. Another element of thematic importance is the incubator that establishes the contact between the widow and the stranger in the first place (the object being very heavy, the stranger passing by volunteers his help in carrying it home for the widow). For a long time they canâ(TM)t seem to get it working, but in the end they succeed. This process symbolizes the relationship between the two people, who first have their frictions, but end up being a harmonious, well-functioning team (until the shit hits the fan â" the shit being the interventions of the hostile villlage community, the widowâ(TM)s relatives in particular). There are many details that make this film worthwhile, like the young, simple-minded girl Fà (C)licie, who has the wit of a cat, as well as its inclinations to nocturnal adventure seeking. As to be expected, things will inevitably happen once such a creature is allowed to leave home at nighttime. When the stranger (or any other man from the village, for that matter) gets intimate with her, we are not sure to consider this as rape or as a pleasurable kind of pastime for all parties involved. Strangely enough, we tend not to judge Delonâ(TM)s character for (ab)using her, like we donâ(TM)t seem to want to judge him for cheating on the widow or for his criminal past. This is a very intriguing, eye-opening film that well deserves a four-star rating. I suppose the success of this film may have caused the director of the film âLes granges brûlà (C)es❠(which was made two years after âLa veuve Coudercâ) to choose Simone Signoret and Alain Delon to play yet another couple with a frictional relationship in a countryside setting. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member I love Movies that settle around Unorthodox Love Affairs and it also is a Shameless Grotueske on the French Land Folk Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The relationship between a middle-aged French widow (Simone Signoret) and a young drifter (Alain Delon) takes a turn when her young niece pays a visit.
      Pierre Granier-Deferre
      Raymond Danon
      Georges Simenon, Pierre Granier-Deferre, Pascal Jardin
      International Cinefilm
      Production Co
      Lira Films, Pegaso Cinematografica
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 15, 1971, Wide
      1h 28m