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The Soft Skin

The Soft Skin

A Feature film by François Truffaut

Produced by Les films du Carrosse, Societé d'Exploitation et de Distribution de Films (SEDIF)

Release in France : 20/04/1964

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Actors (24)

Production and distribution (4)

Associate producer :

Simar Films

French distribution :

Athos Films

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Pierre Lachenay, a middle-aged, well-known publisher and lecturer, is married to Franca, an unbalanced woman, and father of Sabine, a 10-year-old girl. While traveling to Lisbon for a lecture, Pierre Lachenay has a one night stand with Nicole, the Panair do Brasil air stewardess. He wants to see her again and again, they travel to Reims together, and Pierre hides the affair from his family, mostly to spare his daughter the anguish of a separation. Nicole is taking it lightly but Pierre, misunderstanding her feelings and expectations, decides to live with her. The couple's break-up leads to a tragic end.

Source : IMDb


Despite receiving very mixed reviews upon release, La Peau douce is considered by some Truffaut specialists to be one of his strongest efforts. Strangely, the director's own life followed the same path as the uncertain Lachenay's when Truffaut left his wife for Fanny Ardant. For the expectant audience, it was quite afar from the kinetic joie de vivre of Jules et Jim and possibly perceived as overly serious for a director who had tended towards lighter films up to that point.

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Full credits (14)

Assistant directors :

Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-François Adam, Claude Othnin-Girard

Screenwriters :

François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard

Assistant Operator :

Claude Beausoleil

Production Manager :

Marcel Berbert

Assistant editor :

Lila Biro

Music Composer :

Georges Delerue

Still Photographer :

Raymond Cauchetier

Producers :

François Truffaut, Antonio da Cunha Telles, Marcel Berbert

Director of Photography :

Raoul Coutard

Camera operators :

Georges Liron, Denis Mornet

Editor :

Claudine Bouché

Continuity supervisor :

Suzanne Schiffman

Costume designer :

Renée Rouzot

Location Manager :

Gérard Poirot

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 43 min

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Posters (5)


Festival Selections

Cannes International Film Festival - 1964

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1964)


Official Competition