Dear Antoine: or, the Love That Failed

Cher Antoine ou l'Amour raté is a play in four acts by French dramatist Jean Anouilh. It was written and first produced in Paris in 1969 in a production that was co-directed by the author.


The play takes place in Bavaria in 1913. Antoine was a famous playwright and director, who died in his castle in Bavaria where he had retired. (He killed himself accidentally while cleaning his gun.) The important people in his life, including his ex-wives, all came to the castle for a reading of his last will and testament. They were all trapped by an avalanche, and had to stay in the castle until the road would be cleared. Antoine had organized this gathering in detail, and had even written a play about it.[1]

Original cast

Film adaptation

The 2012 film, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!, directed by Alain Resnais, is a loose adaptation of Dear Antoine, or the Love that Failed. Resnais and Anouilh had worked together on a number of plays.[2][3]


  1. Anhouilh, Jean. Dear Antoine: Or, the Love That Failed. Hill & Wang (January 1971) ISBN 978-0809012251
  2. Labuza, Peter. “Review: Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!” Indiewire. 6 June 2013
  3. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet! on IMDB

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