A Man and a Woman

Un homme et une femme

dir. Claude Lelouch

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A race-car driver (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and a script girl on a movie set (Anouk Aimée) embark on a passionate affair in Claude Lelouch's chic, Academy Award-winning romance.


A celebrated film returns in a newly restored print. Winner of both the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival and the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, A Man and a Woman was a rarity: a foreign film that was seen by millions outside its home country. (It has long been unavailable in English Canada; tonight's is an exceptional screening.) Audiences luxuriated in the film's chic romanticism (Francis Lai's lush score became an international bestseller), seductively voguish veneer (courtesy of Lelouch's domestication of once cutting-edge nouvelle vague techniques), and its combination of two of French cinema's most attractive stars. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a racing car driver, the supernal Anouk Aimée a young "script girl," both of whose marriages have ended in tragic loss. When they meet while visiting their children at a boarding school in Deauville, they fall in love and run away together. "Effusively romantic, visually stunning . . . for many viewers . . . as magical a love story as any brought to the screen" (James Monaco).

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.