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Love and the Frenchwoman

Love and the Frenchwoman(1961)

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CHILDHOOD: When 9-year-old Gisèle starts asking questions about the facts of life, her parents tell her that babies come from cabbages. The next day little Gisèle creates an uproar on the street when a cabbage falls from a vegetable truck. ADOLESCENCE: Bichette's first kiss is such fun that she is soon kissing all the boys at a local dance. Though her father becomes over-wrought, her mother realizes that secret kisses, hidden diaries, and dreams of Prince Charming are all parts of a young girl's growing-up. VIRGINITY: Ginette and François have been engaged for a year but are unable to marry because of financial problems. Aware of François' frustration, Ginette agrees to spend a night with him in a hotel. Once there, she is overcome by nervousness and fear. François proves to be full of tact and understanding, and he suggests they postpone consumating their love. MARRIAGE: Newlyweds Line and Charles start their honeymoon with petty quarrels about hats, relatives, and cigarettes; but by the time they reach their destination, they have started learning that marriage is a game of give and take. ADULTERY: A neglected wife, Nicole, has an affair with a young bachelor, Gil. When Nicole's husband, Jean-Claude, learns of the situation, he invites Gil to lunch and then cleverly alienates him with tales of Nicole's extravagance. Before Jean-Claude can be reconciled with his repentant wife, he is interrupted by a phone call from his mistress. DIVORCE: No longer in love but still good friends, Danielle and Michel decide to obtain a divorce. However, their hopes for a friendly parting are dashed by interfering in-laws and friends and by lengthy, unpleasant meetings with lawyers. A WOMAN ALONE: Désiré, a professional bigamist, decides to swindle a lonely woman, Eliane, out of some shares he believes she owns. But his plot fails when he falls in love with one of Eliane's roommates, Gilberte. The women expose him, and he is sent to prison. Upon his release he is met by a third lonely woman--the attractive lawyer who defended him at his trial.