Aging publisher Pierre Lachenay (Jean Desailly) put his seemingly happy marriage on the line when he fell into a casual affair with gorgeous stewardess Nicole (Françoise Dorleac). As his feelings for her intensify, however, his infidelity proves to have shattering consequences. François Truffaut's moody and memorable effort co-stars Nelly Benedetti, Sabine Haudepin. 117 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurettes. In French with English subtitles.
Francois Truffaut followed up the international phenomenon Jules and Jim with this tense tale of infidelity. The unassuming Jean Desailly (Le doulos) is perfectly cast as a celebrated literary scholar, seemingly happily married, who embarks on an affair with a gorgeous stewardess, played by Francoise Dorleac (The Young Girls of Rochefort), who is captivated by his charm and reputation. As their romance gets serious, the film grows anxious, leading to a wallop of a conclusion. Truffaut made The Soft Skin at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master's influence can be felt throughout this complex, insightful, under seen French New Wave treasure.