Les Noces Rouges (1973)
Critic Reviews for Les Noces Rouges
Among Chabrol's better films, despite, or because of, its simplemindedness... Actually, what makes the film interesting, over and above the sheer technical expertise, is its evocation of physical passion.
Life in the countryside, political, local and economic interests, and the fear of what people may think are described in a precise and masterful way. [Full Review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for Les Noces Rouges
Though it finally takes itself a little too seriously and ends rather perfunctorily, for the most part this comedy - about an increasingly flagrant extramarital affair which results in a double murder - is delightfully entertaining. It does take a few satirical sideswipes at corrupt politicians, which no doubt contributed to the film's temporary ban in France, but "Les Noces Rouges" works best as a simple, unpretentious bed-hopping farce. I, for one, never need much of an excuse to look at Stéphane Audran, or the Citroën DS, for that matter, however Jean Rabier's lovely autumnal photography is certainly a bonus. The film also boasts a splendidly mournful, Bernard Herrmann-esque score by Pierre Jansen. Acting honours go to Audran and Claude Piéplu, as her slimy, chain-smoking, cuckolded husband.
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