The Lovers Review

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Jeanne is bored, neither her wealthy husband nor lover hold any interest for her, so to add spice to her life she decides to hook up with a man who gives her a lift home one day when she breaks down.


The Louis Malle who raised controversy with his picture Damage began his career with this more honest movie about a young French woman married to a dried-up middle-aged rich guy. She works off some frustration during a boring weekend house party by sleeping with a blandly nice bloke who has given her a lift in his 2CV. Moreau is wonderful — though the rest of the cast are not up to her speed — and this was scandalous at the time not for its adulterous theme but the suggestion that there's nothing wrong with a high-quality liaison in a reasonably romantic context that does not involve a great love affair.

An interesting romantic story, but Moreau's brilliant performance is let down by her weaker cast's.