Louis Malle unveiled the natural beauty of Jeanne Moreau in his breakthrough, Lift to the Scaffold. With his follow-up, the scandalous success The Lovers (Les amants), he made her a star once and for all. A deeply felt and luxuriously filmed fairy tale for grown-ups, perched on the edge between classical and New Wave cinemas, The Lovers presents Moreau as a restless bourgeois wife whose eye wanders from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger (Jean-Marc Bory). Thanks to its frank sexuality, The Lovers caused quite a stir, being censored and attacked for obscenity around the world. If today its shock has worn off, its glistening sensuality and seductive storytelling haven’t aged a day.
Cast Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jean-Marc Bory, Judith Magre, José Luis de Vilallonga, Gaston Modot, Pierre Frag, Michèle Girardon, Gib Grossac, Lucienne Hamon, Claude Mansard, Jean-Claude Briarly
Director Louis Malle | France | 1958 | 88 mins | UK distributor Curzon Artificial Eye
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