Just Before Nightfall Movie Review Summary

Actors: Michel Bouquet, Stéphane Audran, François Périer, Jean Carmet

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JUST BEFORE NIGHFALL (Juste avant la Nuit) is a movie written and directed by Claude Chabrol in 1971. Stéphane Audran won the 1974 British Academy of Film Award in the Best Actress category for her performance.
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Charles and Hélène Masson seem very happy in their marriage. Charles is a successful adman and they live in a superb house near Paris. However Charles is secretly cheating on Hélène with his best friend's wife. Both are regularly engaging in sado-masochist games and, one day, Charles kills his mistress after a role play. Overwhelmed by guilt and unable to go on lying to his friend François and to his own wife, Charles becomes depressed. He can't play anymore the part of the loving husband with irreproachable morals and decide to confess to Hélène and François.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   stalker with romantic feelings for victim Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   really kinky sex! Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   French Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts Is this movie based on a    -   book

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