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Soft Skin

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  • Language: English, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UBKV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,403 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
La Peau Douce/The Soft Skin is a very pleasant surprise indeed. There's a tendency in much of Truffaut's later work to be over-literate, often throwing in narration that plays more like a prose recital than thought or dialog to convey what he should be doing without it, but there's none of that here. Instead, its illicit romance is told in purely cinematic terms and telling details and, despite the potentially hackneyed material, plays beautifully, whether its the title sequence of two hands caressing in the darkness, a mix-up with room keys as a prelude to seduction or the kitten and the breakfast tray that would make such a memorable comeback in Day for Night.

There's humor and humanity there too, and the hero's painful fallibility on his disastrous dirty weekend in Reihms is one of the great don't-know-whether-to-laugh-or-to-cry moments. The ending seems a bit contrived and unlikely despite being based on an actual incident, but he somehow manages to pull that off too.

Sadly, while the previous UK DVD issue from Tartan included archive interviews with Truffaut and Francois Dorleac, these have been dropped for Cinema Club's DVD, although it does includes an excellent commentary from co-writer Jean-Louis Richard.
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This film is a wonderful exploration of what it means to have an affair with someone and the consequences of that decision. Pierre Lachenay the central character begins an affair with an air hostess on a flight from Paris to Lisbon, the interesting thing about his relationship with the girl is that it is based not upon common ground (he is fascinated by literature, quite willing to discourse for hours in a cafe to her about it, she is not having not even read his books and only knowing him as a tv personality) but upon the excitement of mutual attraction. Truffaut realises that what Pierre really wants is not a soulmate, but a woman to enliven his life, a change. To write more about it would be to spoil it, and Pierre's choice comes back rightly to haunt him, leading him to acts of emotional cruelty towards his wife and to a brusqueness that eventually dooms him, but Truffaut here captures something of the quality of sudden love and also something of its blindnesses- in truth Pierre is less in love with Nicole than with an idea of Nicole. Altogether this film is remarkable because it tells you all this but remains subtle and thoughtful- if you are interested in human relationships and how they work and should work, this film will give you confirmation of how subtle and selfish the human heart and mind can be.
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I agree with most of the other reviews - this is Truffaut at his best, or close to it, and shows almost all the skills he acquired from Hitchcock, not least casting. Francoise Dorleac ( who was Deneuve's elder sister, and who died tragically) inhabits this fragile sixties world as few others have, and Desailly, with minimum change of facial expression, instantly embodies self-importance and vulnerability. But this is the worst black and white DVD transfer I have ever seen - unstable in contrast, focus, and failing even to maintain constant black or white within a single scene. I saw the original UK release in the cinema. This is a travesty.
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Truffaut filmed La Peau Douce immediately after the international success of Jules at Jim. Released at the heyday of the nouvelle vague, critics and audiences panned the film as a futile resort to bourgeois classicism after the unconventional antics of his previous masterwork.
They could not have been more mistaken. Time has treated La Peau Douce better than most of his later efforts. It is definitely a triumph of direction with each scene being carefully planned and meticulously structured, not unlike a Hitchcock movie. In practise, Truffaut transposes Hitchcock's mechanisms of suspense into a seemingly trivial story concerning the illicit love affair of a distinguished editor/author with a younger stewardess and its withering consequences. The characters and the milieu of the story are effortless evoked, but the main joy is derived from the visual inventiveness that Truffaut shows in scene after scene. It's a triumph of a purely cinematic mode of expression, which Truffaut was one of the few who had really mastered it.
The DVD does full justice to the film with its excellent transfer and its very insightful commentary (in French with English subtitles).
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