(aka "Wedding in Blood" or "Amico di famiglia, L'")

 

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France / Italy 1973

 

The movie is similar to Chabrol's Juste avant La Nuit in the way that the cuckolded partners accept infidelity and live their lives around it. However, this comatose non-reaction proves unbearable to Lucienne. Pierre has already murdered his wife by overdosing her with medicine, so despite being given license for their affair the precedent has been set for the murder to come.

The irony is that after the crime has been committed Lucienne and Pierre force themselves to stay apart for fear of raising suspicion. In fact, the only physical contact between them subsequent to the murder is to hold hands whilst handcuffed in the back of a police car.

As well as being a taut thriller, the movie is also a satire, with numerous comic moments that offset the drama. Lucienne and Pierre's passions are animal in their intensity - the first time we see them they almost attack each other in their passion, literally pouncing upon one another. Paul is also revealed as corrupt, wishing to work with Pierre to negotiate a land deal that will make him even richer. When the police investigate his murder and disbelieve Lucienne's story, they receive a telephone call from the government to drop the case. So whilst this works as a psychological drama, it is also an attack on the values of the bourgeoisies and their place in French society. It is also worth noting that the movie was banned in France upon its release due to similarities to a real life murder.

Audran burns in her role as a very sexual, sensual, desirable woman and Piccoli does a sterling portrayal of a man consumed by passion. Whilst Pieplu's role is played as stoically as his character dictates, this does make him rather a caricature at times. Overall, this is a solid French drama that is worth a look, but it lacks some of the inventiveness often found in their cinema of that period.

Excerpt from Andrew Hook's review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: France April 1973

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Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Runtime 92:09
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1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.52 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Film

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DVD Release Date: July 25, 2005
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Comments A very good Chabrol film. Not as thematically crystal clear as La Femme Infidele or Que la béte Meure, but still a very tight film, filled with black humor.

Well, I supposed we should be pleased with this transfer, when there is so many bad DVD's of Claude Chabrol films. Like Juste avant La Nuit, this is also very sharp and the film and audio is clean from dirt and dust. This one has also an anamorphic transfer in correct ratio.

The few black scenes are not a problem, even though they are quite dark. You don't miss anything from the plot.

Watching it with a projector you get a feeling this material has been run through a digital restoring program (minor contrast boosting etc), but it's not as annoying as in many of the Pathfinder DVD's.

Very watchable, even though it's far from what it could be. The audio track is excellent.  No extra material is provided.

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