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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


    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

    Actors (24)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Associate producer :

    Simar Films

    French distribution :

    Athos Films

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    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.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Photos (2)

    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 43 min

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    Posters (7)


    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1964

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1964)


    Official Competition