Just Before Nightfall

Just Before Nightfall (French: Juste avant la nuit) is a 1971 crime drama film written and directed by Claude Chabrol, based on the novel The Thin Line by Edward Atiyah. Audran won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role at the 27th British Academy Film Awards.[1]

Just Before Nightfall
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Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byAndré Génovès
Screenplay byClaude Chabrol
Based onThe novel of the same name
by Edward Atiyah
StarringStéphane Audran
Michel Bouquet
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byJacques Gaillard
Distributed byCinegai S.p.A.
Les Films de la Boétie
Release date
  • 31 March 1971 (1971-03-31)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryFrance
Italy
LanguageFrench

Plot

Charles Masson (Bouquet), an advertising account executive, is having an affair with Laura (Douking), the wife of his best friend, world-renowned architect François Tellier (Périer). Their sex life consists of sadomasochistic behavior, and in one of their heated sessions, Charles accidentally strangles Laura. Completely confused, Charles leaves the borrowed apartment in Paris and runs into François at a nearby bistro. The two drive back together to Versailles, where they have beautiful adjoining houses designed by François. The owner of the apartment had seen Laura and Charles together two months earlier, but she does not tell the police because of François. Even though the police do not seem to have any clues to the crime, Charles has a difficult time coping with the situation, and tries to lead a normal life with his two children and loving wife Hélène (Audran).

Principal cast

ActorRole
Stéphane AudranHélène Masson
François PérierFrançois Tellier
Michel BouquetCharles Masson
Jean CarmetJeannot
Henri AttalCavanna
Dominique ZardiPrince
CeliaJacqueline
Marina NinchiGina Mallardi
Anna DoukingLaura Tellier
Michel DuchaussoyUn homme à l'enterrement (uncredited)

Critical reception

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 1/2 out of 4 stars:

Mike Sutton of The Digital Fix:

See also

References

  1. "Stéphane Audran - Movie and Film Biography and Filmography - AllRovi.com". AllRovi.com. 2011-08-04. Archived from the original on 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  2. "Just Before Nightfall :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  3. "Home Cinema @ The Digital Fix - Juste Avant la Nuit". Homecinema.thedigitalfix.com. 2005-08-13. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
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