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The Man Who Loved Women

L'homme qui aimait les femmes

Directed by François Truffaut
France, 1977
Comedy, Drama, Romance


Many women are attending Bertrand Morane’s burial. They are all the ones that 40 years old engineer loved.

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The Man Who Loved Women Directed by François Truffaut

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1977 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

César Awards

1978 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor

Critics reviews

François Truffaut’s bittersweet 1977 comedy, about the pleasure and the pathos of sexual pursuit, is also an ode to the art of writing… Like Bertrand, Truffaut pays homage to old-school formalities, constraints, and styles, both social and sartorial. His reticence about sex mirrors Bertrand’s; both the director and the character come off as rear-guard warriors against the sexual revolution—against the banalization of their epicurean delights.
July 24, 2017
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Some may dismiss this as self-indulgent, but the tone—forever hovering between comedic and traumatic—is fascinating, and the sequences of Morane following women through Montpellier contain a gripping voyeuristic pull.
December 10, 2014
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The blatantly personal nature of the project makes its problematic treatment of women a little more palatable; they aren’t supposed to be “real” women, but are instead manifestations of Truffaut’s fears and fantasies about the opposite sex. While not without its flaws, the movie represents one of Truffaut’s more thorough examinations of male ego, a central theme of his work.
October 18, 2013
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