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Les Biches (1968)

Les biches (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 September 1968 (USA)
Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Paul Gégauff (screenplay), Claude Chabrol (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Paul Thomas
Jacqueline Sassard ... Why
Stéphane Audran ... Frédérique
Nane Germon Nane Germon ... Violetta
Serge Bento Serge Bento ... Bookseller
Henri Frances Henri Frances
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Robègue
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Riais
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laure Valmée Laure Valmée
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Storyline

Frédérique is a rich and beautiful woman who picks up a female street artist called "Why". It is December and they go to her villa in Saint Tropez, which is inhabited by a couple of odd gay men. Both women fall for the local architect Paul Thomas. However Why says that she is not interested in him, so Frédérique invites him to move into the villa. Written by Will Gilbert

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A Story of Unusual Love! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Girls See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

"Biche" is not only French for "doe," it is also slang for "girl" or "young woman" (just like British "bird" or American "chick" or "fox") - so the title is ambiguous: it could be taken as "The Girls," or it could very literally refer to the pictures of female deer (one of which is portrayed with another doe inside its womb) that Why draws and, in one case, keeps in her bedroom. In French the word "lesbiche" is slang for lesbian, its plural being "lesbiches". See more »

Quotes

Why: [referring to Robeque and Riais' departure] I'm beginning to live again since they left.
Paul Thomas: I feel rather guilty.
Frédérique: Enough of them was as good as a feast!
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Written and Performed by Pierre Jansen Et Son Orchestre
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Quietly Subversive Look At Sexual Relationships
30 April 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

American films are usually about someone coming in to clean up the mess around them; A good many French films are about people dealing with the mess that's inside--and in Les Biches (not only "The Bad Girls" as uneasily translated, but "The Does," as in fauns) director Claude Chabrol returns to his obsession with the sexual power that one individual attempts to have over another, and like Hitchcock, with identities that fluctuate as the situation changes.

Les Biches is a subtle and subversive look at two women, one rich and powerful and beautiful, and a younger street artist who draws "does" on the sidewalks of Paris, picked up by the elder to vacation with her in St. Tropez during the winter--Jean-Louis Trignitant enters as the token love interest, and quietly nasty love games ensue: Chabrol's early films do not seem to date the way most films of the 1960's do, and the only problem with this one is that is should be available in widescreen as some of his quietly elegant compositions have been hacked at the edges by some corporate type that should have known better.


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