The Crying Woman

The Crying Woman (original title: La Femme qui pleure) is a 1979 French drama film directed by Jacques Doillon.

The Crying Woman
Film poster
Directed byJacques Doillon
Produced byDanièle Delorme
Yves Robert
Written byJacques Doillon
StarringDominique Laffin
Haydée Politoff
Jacques Doillon
CinematographyYves Lafaye
Edited byIsabelle Rathery
Renn Productions
Lola Films
Distributed byAMLF
Release date
  • 10 January 1979 (1979-01-10)
Running time
90 minutes
Box office$1.9 million[1]


Jacques comes back after a long absence from his wife, Dominique, and their daughter, Lola. They live in an isolated house located on a hill in Haute-Provence. Dominique cries when she sees him.

She had driven him away because she cannot stand the way he cries. Jacques is helpless to the excesses of his emotion. But this time, he returns because he loves another woman.

Following a minor accident suffered by Lola, Dominique realizes she cannot continue living alone. She asks to meet Haydee, the new woman and tries to get along with her. Jacks and Haydee settle in his house, but he leaves, During his absence, Haydée helps Dominique care for Lola.

Upon his return, the discomfort grows. Haydée may be pregnant, but the test is negative. Realizing her affair with Jacques has no future, Haydee leaves. Dominique, in a crazy gesture, tries to kill her with Jacques’ car.

Later, Jacques and Dominique are alone face to face, but face realize a reconciliation is impossible. Dominique vacates with Lola, leaving Jacques in his solitude.



1980 César Awards Best Actress Dominique Laffin Nominated


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