Les Bonnes Femmes

Dir. Claude Chabrol (1962). Shifting mood in the nouvelle vague manner, Claude Chabrol’s precocious masterpiece—re-released in an excellent new print—devotes most of its time to a quasi-documentary examination of four pretty young Parisiennes. The movie seems characterized by a surplus of incident and an absence of plot but, ultimately every haphazard digression comes to together in a trap as steely and implacable as any of the Hollywood thrillers that Chabrol admired.
Sun., Dec. 5, 1:45 p.m., 2010

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