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The Widow Couderc

The Widow Couderc

A Feature film by Pierre Granier-Deferre

Produced by Lira Films

Release in France : 13/10/1971


    La veuve Couderc (Signoret) is a farmer who takes in a handsome young drifter, Jean (Alain Delon), who turns out to be recently released from prison. Jean does odd jobs for the woman, who lives with her elderly father-in-law, Henri (Jean Tissier), who pretends to be deaf when it suits him, and surreptitiously has an intimate relationship with Couderc. It's Henri's house, and when Jean moves in, it gives the widow's resentful sister-in-law, Françoise (Monique Chaumette), the excuse she's looking for to get Henri to leave the house so she can sell it. The widow and Jean have a modest dream of using an incubator to raise chicks and make a decent living, but their plans are further complicated when Françoise's promiscuous teenaged daughter, Félicie (Ottavia Piccolo) comes around with her infant son. Félicie clearly has eyes for Jean, and to the consternation of the widow, who holds his fate in her hands, Jean has trouble resisting the younger woman's charms...

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    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Lira Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    Full credits (20)

    Assistant directors :

    Jean-François Delon, Philippe Lefebvre

    Dialogue Writer :

    Pascal Jardin

    Producer :

    Raymond Danon

    Director of Photography :

    Walter Wottitz

    Assistant Operators :

    Valéry Ivanow, Yves Pouffary

    Production Manager :

    Ralph Baum

    Assistant editor :

    Michèle Robert-Lauliac

    Production Designers :

    Jacques Saulnier, Charles Mérangel

    Costume designer :

    Jacques Cottin

    Still Photographer :

    Victor Rodrigue

    Adaptation :

    Pierre Granier-Deferre, Pascal Jardin

    Author of original work :

    Georges Simenon

    Associate Producer :

    Maurice Jacquin

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean Labussière

    Camera Operator :

    Philippe Brun

    Editor :

    Jean Ravel

    Continuity supervisor :

    Hélène Sebillotte

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Sound mixers :

    Alex Pront, Jean Rieul

    Location Manager :

    Alain Belmondo

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

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    Majority French (Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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