Claude Lelouch

A Man and a Woman

Un homme et une femme

France 1966
In French, with English subtitles
105 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Claude Lelouch
Screenplay: Pierre Uytterhoeven
Cast: Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Barouh
Production: Claude Lelouch / Les Films 13
Print Source: Metropolitan Films

Awarded with Palme d’Or and two Golden Globe and Academy Awards, the film follows a romance between a widow, Anne, and a widower, Jean-Louis. She works in the film industry, he as a race car driver. Her daughter Françoise and his son Antoine are in the same boarding school in Deauville, and the parents get to know each other during their shared rides between Paris and Deauville. Anne is not quite over her late husband’s memory. Taking turns between color and black and white film stock, the beautifully shot film still looks and sounds fresh, leading us from bittersweet tenderness to the dangers of fast cars. As a by-product, Lelouch happens to document the dramatic moments from the history of the Finnish racing drivers in the mid-1960s.

Tytti Rantanen