The Breach (film)

The Breach (French: "La Rupture") is a 1970 film written and directed by Claude Chabrol, based on the novel The Balloon Man by Charlotte Armstrong. The film was also known as The Breakup at times in its release in the United States.[2] The film had a total of 927,678 admissions in France.[3]

The Breach
DVD cover
La Rupture
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Screenplay byClaude Chabrol
Based onThe Balloon Man
by Charlotte Armstrong
StarringStéphane Audran
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Michel Bouquet
Annie Cordy
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byJacques Gaillard
Distributed byGaumont Film Company
New Line Cinema
Release date
  • 26 August 1970 (1970-08-26)
Running time
111 minutes
Box office$5,566,068[1]


Hélène Régnier's (Audran) mentally ill husband Charles (Drouot) injures their son Michel in a violent rage. Charles is then forced to move back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who use Hélène as a scapegoat for their son's mental state and decide to take over custody of Michel by any means necessary. While the boy is recovering in a local hospital, Hélène moves to a boarding house nearby. The Régniers hire Paul Thomas (Cassel), an impoverished family acquaintance, to find out something about Hélène which would help them in their custody battle. Paul moves into the boarding house and, with the help of his girlfriend Sonia (Rouvel), plots to ruin Hélène's reputation and then possibly kill her.

Principal cast

Stéphane AudranHélène Régnier
Jean-Pierre CasselPaul Thomas
Michel BouquetLudovic Régnier
Annie CordyMme. Pinelli
Jean-Claude DrouotCharles Régnier
Jean CarmetHenri Pinelli
Catherine RouvelSonia
Claude ChabrolUn passager dans le tramway

Critical reception

Vincent Canby of The New York Times:

Dave Kerr of The Chicago Reader:


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  2. "La Rupture (The Break Up) (The Breach) (Hallucination)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  3. JP (1970-08-13). "La Rupture (1970)". JPBox-Office. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  4. Canby, Vincent (1973-10-05). "Movie Review - La Rupture". Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  5. Kehr, Dave. "La rupture". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
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