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Although this study of bourgeois foibles received an Oscar nomination for best foreign film, director Claude Sautet is rather guilty of revisiting old haunts without having anything particularly new to show us. However, no one depicts the suffocating ennui of a seemingly successful life with such surety, and here he's excellently served by Romy Schneider, who won a César for her portrayal of a liberated woman who aborts lover Claude Brasseur's baby only to become pregnant by ex-husband, Bruno Cremer. The trappings of contentment are mercilessly mocked, but the main fascination lies in observing Schneider and her loyal quartet of friends.
|Marie's mother||Madeleine Robinson|