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The Woman Next Door Movie Review Summary

Actors: Fanny Ardant, Gérard Depardieu, Henri Garcin

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Woman Next Door

THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR is a movie cowritten and directed by François Truffaut in 1981. The picture earned two nominations for the french Academy Awards.

Bernard lives a happy life with his wife and his little boy in a small town near Grenoble, France. One day, new neighbours, Mathilde and Philippe, move into the house next to Bernard's home. This event will greatly disturb Bernard's quiet life as he and Mathilde had a passionate love affair 8 years before. Both will soon secretly live a new passion but the psychological pressure is too important for Mathilde who suffers from a nervous breakdown and must be hospitalized. As hard as they try, both lovers can't separate.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Script Analysis of The Woman Next Door

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   inconveniently married while playing footsy    -   rekindling lost love/marriage Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Battle with shrink/bum?    -   battle with a psychiatrist

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   sports arena    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets

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