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A Man and a Woman

Film

A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme)

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23 Apr - 1 May

Claude Lelouch’s tale of a beautiful romance stars the legendary Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Amour) alongside the luminous Anouk Aimée (8 1/2, Lola).  Newly restored for the big screen, the film was an international box office hit on release and won countless awards including the 1966 Cannes Palme d’Or, 1967 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Screenplay plus numerous BAFTA, Golden Globe and international critics circle awards. 

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  • Anne (Anouk Aimée) is a Parisian who works in the movies. On weekends she visits her young daughter Francoise (Souad Amidou) at her boarding school in the coastal town of Deauville. One Sunday she misses her train home and accepts a ride from a handsome racing car driver Jean-Louis (Jean-Louis Trintignant) whose son Antoine (Antoine Sire) also attends the school.

    Driving in the rain they talk, listen to the radio and a bond begins to form between the two parents who share tragic pasts. Underlying the action is the now famous soundtrack by Francis Lai which was nominated for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes, earning the young composer his first taste of international success.

    The film was the breakthrough hit for the young director Claude Lelouch. Shot in a mixture of colour and black and white film, A Man and a Woman is light of touch, refreshing and honest in its depiction of love. Much of the film was purportedly improvised (including the famous final scene), making full use of the exceptional lead actors.

    “a beautiful and sometimes breath-taking exposition of visual imagery intended to excite the emotions,” New York Times