A Man and A Woman (1966)


“Some Sundays start well and end badly. It’s hard to believe- It’s crazy to refuse happiness. If I had to go through this again, What would I do? Is there anything else I could do? To see her for months on end as a pal. What happens? You end up being pals, maybe. She wired, ‘I love you.’ Admit it boy, you just don’t understand women. ” – Jean-Louis Duroc

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two single parents meet while visiting their children’s school and a romance blooms even though both have strong memories of their past marriages.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about not long ago and decided to see what it was all about despite the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of foreign language films.

This film does a wonderful job dealing with the aspects of how difficult it sometimes might be to move into a new relationship following a former marriage.

These two characters show that they both have regrets about the past yet they also both wish to find love again to create a new future despite the fact that they are constantly bombarded by memories of their past relationships.

Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimee have amazing chemistry here and its quite easy to see and feel that this new relationship for both of them has great potential if only they can find a way to move on from their past marriages.

Aimee was nominated for an Oscar and it’s clear to see why by her amazingly realistic portrayal of her character and her memories.

In addition, Claude Lelouch was nominated for an Oscar fr Best Director because he is ale to find a way to show us the past, present and potential future of these characters in such a way that we care so much about them the entire time.

Bottom Line – Great film that manages to get the whole aspect of moving on after a marriage right. There are definitely regrets that the characters can feel yet they also both want to try and find a way to move forward despite the strong memories that constantly are in their minds. Trintignant and Aimee have great chemistry together and we can easily see how they are people who can have a great relationship if only they are able to find a way to move forward past their former marriages. Lelouch was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for directing this film because he finds a great way for us to care so much about the characters as we get to see their pasts, their present and potential future. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The race scene about 53 minutes into the film, is the 1964, 24 Hours of Le Mans. The actor Jean-Louis Trintignant’s (Jean-Louis Duroc) uncle is in this race, driving a Maserati Tipo 151/1, #2. He is Maurice Trintignant, a Grand Prix and sports cars racer. He won eleven Grand Prix races (some non-points races) and the 1954, 24 Hours of Le Mans. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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