The Man Who Loved Women

120 minutes 2013

Francois Truffaut's 1977 film has a veneer of Gallic charm, but underneath it's a fairly dark project. Charles Denner stars as a man scarred as a child by a seductive mother; he has devoted his adult life to a relentless pursuit of women, none of whom can give him what he is looking for. The anecdotal format often strays from the point, and Truffaut cheats a little by making Denner's conquests a supremely understanding, compassionate lot (they don't feel used by him, but ennobled). But with The Green Room, which treats death much as this film treats eroticism, it is one of the few late Truffauts to muster any weight and complexity. With Brigitte Fossey, Nathalie Baye, and Leslie Caron.

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