Les Biches

Les Biches
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 25, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1968
  • Label: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: F.X. Feeney, Wade Major (Film Critics)
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies: Cast

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 12


User Ratings: 872
The whole film has a sleek, well-fed look to it, as though Chabrol himself were purring with satisfaction at his own dexterity. As well, on the whole, he might. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 11, 2019
...A tough psychological study with assured use of the wide screen... -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
USA Today
Jun 5, 1992
Les Biches, a clearing of the decks for Chabrol, ushered in six years of great filmmaking. Full Review
Nov 29, 2018
Rating: A -- This is top-notch filmmaking by a director who when he is on the mark is as good as anyone in the business. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Claude Chabrol's Les Biches depends almost entirely on style, and as style it succeeds. He is not so much interested in his story as in how to tell it. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
It's amazing how Raoul Coutard's camera can transform this puerile conceit into a singingly crisp image. Full Review
Jun 18, 2019
What is extraordinary is the portrayal of a kind of deviate Dolce Vita, in which the waif comes to regard her former lovers, male and female, as parental figures, to whom she becomes quite filially attached. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005

Product Description:

Claude Chabrol crafts a complex social allegory in LES BICHES, a subtle and intricate tale of desire, despair, and murder. Released in March of 1968, just months before the May 1968 student revolts in Paris, Chabrol filtered the ever-increasing class struggle in France into the compelling tale of glamorous Frédérique (Stephane Audran), who picks up poverty-stricken and beautiful Why on the streets of Paris, promptly seducing her and whisking her away to a new life of wealthy bohemia in St. Tropez. As Why quickly assumes the role of Frédérique's protegée and understudy, a complication arrives in the form of Paul (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a handsome young architect with whom Why immediately falls into unrequited love. Frédérique confronts the interloper herself, falls in love with him, and jets off to Paris with him, leaving Why to stew in her rejection and abandonment. The suspense builds slowly when the three lovers forge a strange and erotically charged circular relationship. The décor of Frédérique's Cote D'azur villa, filled with hunting memorabilia, weapons, and muted colors, heightens the tense and underlying power struggle that slowly propels Why to obsession and madness in the film's haunting and detached climax.


Production Notes:

  • Claude Chabrol called LES BICHES "the first film I made exactly as I wished."

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  • UPC: 825307905298
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