Confidentially Yours

Vivement dimanche

dir. François Truffaut

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A devoted secretary (Fanny Ardant) tries to clear her boss (Jean-Louis Trintignant) of a murder charge in François Truffaut's lustrous homage to Hitchcock and American film noir.
Truffaut's last film before his death was this irresistible divertissement, an homage to Hitchcock and American films noirs as well as a shimmering, ultra-romantic showcase for its two stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, playing a Midi real estate agent, and a "paralyzingly beautiful" (David Denby, New York Magazine) Fanny Ardant as his devoted secretary. When her boss becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his wife and her lover, the nervy Ardant turns amateur sleuth and sets out to prove Trintignant innocent (the setup recalls Siodmak's Phantom Lady, shown last season in Hollywood Classics), encountering a prostitution ring, shady private eyes and shifty lawyers, and a cinema cashier who expounds on Stanley Kubrick. Ardant may predominate as Nancy Drew à la française packing guns, gams, and glamour, but Trintignant exerts his usual quiet command as the boss under suspicion. Shot in gleaming black and white by master cinematographer Nestor Almendros and full of cinephilic wit, Confidentially Yours proves "wildly sexy and charming. . . . Witty, stylish, playful, affectionate" (Richard Freedman).