LA FILLE COUPÉE EN DEUX
A GIRL CUT IN TWO


DIRECTOR
Claude Chabrol

SCREENPLAY
Cécile Maistre & Claude Chabrol

CAST
Gabrielle Deneige: Ludivine Sagnier
Paul Gaudens: Benoit Magimel
Charles Saint-Denis: François Berleand
Capucine Jamet: Mathilda May

AWARDS
Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award, Venice Festival (2007); Best Film, International competition, Pula Film Festival (2007)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films

RUNNING TIME 110’
PRODUCTION France, 2007
RATING Not Rated (sexual content and nudity)
GAUGE 35mm, DVD (color)




““A Girl Cut in Two” is a spry piece of work. Chabrol uses this sinister clown show as a means to puncture the media world's hot-air balloons—as well as to highlight the hypocrisies of his favorite target, the haute bourgeoisie.”

J. Hoberman, The Village Voice


A flirtatious television weather reporter named Gabrielle is the object of two men’s affections in this colorful new film from popular filmmaker Claude Chabrol, who has directed more than 50 films over the course of his career. When Gabrielle meets a famous elderly novelist at a booksigning event in her mother’s Lyon shop and at an interview for her TV station, she sets her sights on him. Their brief amorous affair soon grows to become a dark fixation which drives Gabrielle’s handsome, spoiled young suitor, Paul, the heir to a pharmaceutical company, to madness. As the film progresses, the scheming protagonists and their families become more deeply obsessed, their relationships become increasingly humiliating and depraved, and the stakes of their games grow higher and higher. Chabrol uses black humor and accessible cinematic structure to skewer his stubborn, independent and self-absorbed characters. The story, inspired by the murder of architect Stanford White in 1906, begins as a playful, sexy triangle that turns darkly foreboding and dangerous, until it builds to a fever pitch with disastrous and melodramatic results.

 

 

 

 

 



 
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