Parfait amour!

Catherine Breillat

Focus France 110 min Fiction

Synopsis

Christophe has murdered Frédérique, his lover. He’s in his 20s, an entrepreneur who likes to pick up chicks with his misogynist friend Philippe; she’s in her 30s, a doctor twice divorced with two children. After a police reenactment of the crime and an interview with her teen daughter, we go back to the start of their affair and follow it to its conclusion. Frédérique is attracted to Christophe’s sweet side; she’s emotional about her past and ambivalent about her sexuality. His sexuality later becomes an issue, as does his relationship with Philippe. Are the lovers drowning each other in attraction, expectation, and revulsion? Why does Christophe kill?

Themes

LoveFrench CinemaFemale DirectorDramaSexThriller

Filmmaker

Catherine Breillat

She is one of the great references of contemporary erotic cinema. Her work abounds with an incisive and epidermal look at sex and its aspects. Her filmography goes from luminous comedies to sordid thrillers. She has directed fifteen films, many of which have been part of the official sections of Cannes, Berlin or Chicago, where she won the Golden Hugo award for Best Film for À ma soeur!

Filmography: Last Summer (2023, D'A 2024), Abuse of Weakness (2013), The Sleeping Beauty (2010), Bluebeard (2009, D'A 2024), The Last Mistress (2007), Anatomy of Hell (2004, D'A 2024), Sex Is Comedy (2002, D'A 2024), Fat Girl (2001, D'A 2024), Brief Crossing (2001), Romance X (1999, D'A 2024), Perfect Love (1996, D'A 2024), À propos de Nice, la suite (col·lectiu, 1995), Dirty Like an Angel (1991), 36 Fillette (Virgin) (1988, D'A 2024), Nocturnal Uproar (1979), A Real Young Girl (1976, D'A 2024)

Catherine Breillat

Film information

Int. title: Perfect Love
Director: Catherine Breillat
Script: Catherine Breillat
Contact: Cinédis - Les Films du Loup
With: Isabelle Renauld, Francis Renaud, Serge Toubiana
Country: France
Year: 1996
Format: DCP
Length: 110 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Catalan

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