Romain Gary (novel "Clair de Femme")
|Cast||Yves Montand Romy Schneider Romolo Valli Lila Kedrova Heinz Bennent Roberto Benigni Dieter Schidor Catherine Allégret François Perrot Daniel Mesguich Gabriel Jabbour Hans Verner Jean-Claude Bouillaud Eliane Borras Gabriel Dussurget Isabelle Bucaille Jean-François Gobbi Béatrice Costantini Fanny Delbrice André Dumas|
|Country||France, Italy, West Germany|
|Plot||Reciprocal consolation. The background of two middle-aged people (Michel and Lydia) is gradually unfolded. Michel's wife is incurably ill. They had agreed that she would take her life on this day. All telephone cables were cut and Michel should leave France for months. But he goes forth and back between the airport and his home street. Once when opening the door of a taxi he destroys Lydia's shopping carrier. They sit down in a café while he writes her a check. During this night they will part and meet again several times. Half a year ago Lydia's husband had a car accident. Their daughter died and the husband got brain injury. His talk is incomprehensible. Tonight is his birthday. Lydia eventually takes Michel to the great feast that is almost over. In the morning they go to Michel's apartment, where police and relatives are already present. Michel and Lydia had agreed to meet at Lydia's apartment on the next morning. When he comes there, a foreign woman invites him in. Lydia soon calls on telephone. Lydia cannot put up with him in his present state. During the entire night she saw him sitting and praying at his wife's bed. But she offers him to live in her apartment for a month, and she will go away. When she returns they may see what will happen.... see Clair de femme on IMDb|
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|IN FRENCH WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES! *** *** CLAIR DE FEMME (WOMANLIGHT, 1979): Michel (Yves Montand) has had to deal with the death of his wife, while Lydia (Romy Schneider) is mourning the loss of her daughter. Both Michel and Lydia are lonely, and they are attempting to start a relationship together, but neither has been able to purge themselves of their sorrows, which makes it difficult for them to live in the moment. ** ** ** LA MENACE (THE THREAT, 1977): After many years of managing a trucking concern for his lover Dominique (Marie Dubois), Savin (Yves Montand) is planning to leave her for the girl who is bearing his child. Hysterical, Dominique threatens suicide then goes to a meeting between Savin and the girl and tries everything she can think of to get them to break up, from bribery to abuse. Frustrated by her failure to budge the two, she climbs onto a parapet overlooking a cliff, and falls to her death. Though they did not have a hand in her fall, Savin insists that they lie about the encounter.|
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