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The Blood of Others

The Blood of Others

A Feature film by Claude Chabrol

Produced by Cine simone, Filmax

Release in France : 02/05/1984

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Actors (58)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Cine simone, Filmax

Foreign production company :

International Cinema Corporation (ICC)

Co-production :

Films A2

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In Nazi occupied France, Jean Blomart sits by a bed in which his lover Hélène lays dying. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn about both characters and their relationship to each other. As a young man filled with guilt about his privileged middle-class life, Jean joins the Communist Party and breaks from his family, determined to make his own way in life. After the death of a friend in a political protest, for which he feels guilty, Jean quits the Party and concentrates on trade union activities. Hélène is a young designer who works in her family's confectionary shop and is dissatisfied with her conventional romance with her fiance Paul. She contrives to meet Jean, and although he initially rejects her, they form a relationship after she has an abortion following a reckless liaison with another man. Jean tells Hélène he loves her even though he believes he does not. He proposes to her and she accepts.

When France enters World War II, Jean, conceding the need for violent conflict to effect change, becomes a soldier. Hélène intervenes against his will to arrange a safe posting for him. Angry with her, Jean breaks their relationship. As the German forces advance towards Paris, Hélène flees and witnesses the suffering of other refugees. Returning to Paris, she briefly takes up with a German who could advance her career, but soon sees what her countrymen are suffering. She also witnesses the roundup of Jews. Securing the safety of her Jewish friend Yvonne leads Hélène back to Jean, who has become a leader in a Resistance group. She is moved to join the group. Jean has reconnected with his father with the common goal to liberate France from Germany. His mother, however, is less impressed by the lives lost to the Resistance.

Hélène is shot in a resistance activity and during Jean's night vigil at her side, he examines his love for Hélène and the wider consequences of his actions. As morning dawns, Hélène dies and Jean decides to continue with acts of resistance.

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Critical reception

“A poorly done adaptation of Simone de Beauvoir's 1945 novel about the growth and self-sacrifice of a selfish American during the German Occupation of Paris. Claude Chabrol has no feel or interest for the Occupation subject matter, being more of a satirist of the bourgeois he seems like a fish out of water in this venture. His uninspired filming of this routine story and his plodding direction makes this dreary film one of his biggest bombs. If that wasn't bad enough, all the main actors are miscast."

Dennis Schwartz, "Ozus' World Movie Reviews".

Full credits (19)

Assistant directors :

Philippe Delarbre, Michel Dupuy

Author of original work :

Simone de Beauvoir

Screenwriter :

Odile Barski

Co-producers :

Denis Heroux, John Kemeny

Sound recordists :

Patrick Rousseau, Jean-Bernard Thomasson

Assistant Operator :

Philippe Houdart

Production Manager :

Jacques Bourdon

Continuity supervisor :

Aurore Chabrol

Production designers :

François Comtet, Nicole Rachline

Location Manager :

Daniel Szuster

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Brian Moore

Producers :

Gabriel Boustani, Nader Atassi

Voice :

Bernard Le Coq, Jacques Frantz

Director of Photography :

Richard Ciupka

Sound assistants :

Jean-Pierre Duret, Véronique Gabillaud

Camera Operator :

Michel Thiriet

Editors :

Monique Fardoulis, Yves Langlois

Music Composers :

François Dompierre, Matthieu Chabrol

Sound Mixer :

Maurice Gilbert

Technical details

Feature film

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Production language :

French, English, German

Coproducer countries :

France, Canada

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Majority French (France, Canada)

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Runtime :

2 h 15 min

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