• ArizonaJim

    ★★★★½ Added by ArizonaJim

    Another in the series of cold objective thrillers that Claude Chabrol made in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Michel Bouquet ‘accidentally’ kills his lover, then the film, with an astonishing formal rigour, follows his attempts to resume a normal life: in the way the film is constructed, each scene totally focused on its purpose, the film is one of almost formal perfection. (That it includes zooms in a way they are no longer used, placing the film into the…

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  • Michael Blanton

    ★★★★½ Added by Michael Blanton

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An advertising executive (Michel Bouquet) is secretly having a relationship with his best friend's (François Périer) wife, Laura. Things go wrong during one of the their trysts and he (accidentally?) strangles her to death. In the following days, the executive starts to worry if anyone knew about, or suspected he was having a relationship with his friend's wife and this begins to affect him psychologically. An excellent film, Just Before Nightfall (French: ''Juste avant la nuit''), directed by Claude Chabrol,…

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  • Michael Blanton

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Michael Blanton 28 Feb, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An advertising executive (Michel Bouquet) is secretly having a relationship with his best friend's (François Périer) wife, Laura. Things go wrong during one of the their trysts and he (accidentally?) strangles her to death. In the following days, the executive starts to worry if anyone knew about, or suspected he was having a relationship with his friend's wife and this begins to affect him psychologically. An excellent film, Just Before Nightfall (French: ''Juste avant la nuit''), directed by Claude Chabrol,…

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  • Maarten DC

    ★★★★ Watched by Maarten DC 03 Jan, 2016

    Intelligent and compelling study of a guilt-ridden murderer struggling with the continuation of his normal life in bourgeois society which has become an unbearable lie. Based upon a novel by Edouard Atiyah (also adapted in 1966 by Mikio Naruse).

    Chabrol once said his ideal film would be a mixture of the vitality of Jean Renoir and the strictness of Fritz Lang. Just Before Nightfall has reached that ideal. It is one of Chabrol's best films.

    PS: did you spot the reference to Hitchcock's Suspicion?

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  • RezaSKhan

    ★★★★ Watched by RezaSKhan 05 Feb, 2015

    Juste avant la nuit / Just Before Nightfall (Claude Chabrol, 1971) 8/10

    A man (Michel Bouquet) strangles his lover who was the wife of his best friend (François Périer), feels terrible guilt and on the verge of a nervous breakdown confesses the affair and murder to both his wife (Stéphane Audran) and his friend. Both understand, forgive and forbid him from going to the police to give himself up. Chabrol uses a human act to delve into the psychology of…

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  • Lanny

    ★★★½ Watched by Lanny 09 Aug, 2015

    arid, cold, compelling

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  • Wilson

    ★★★★ Watched by Wilson 13 Mar, 2015

    Juste Avant La Nuit is an austere film about moral complexity that reminded me of the serious strand of the Woody Allen film Crimes and Misdemeanours; also it was shot in the way that reminded of Interiors, by Allen. It is a lot less playful in its construction and execution than the previous Claude Chabrol films I have watched recently, but it is exacting and meticulous. There is not a scene wasted, not a shot superfluous. A tense, literate and intelligent drama from a filmmaker, in Chabrol, at the very height of his powers. Murder has never been so ambivalent.

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  • Raúl Cornejo

    ★★★★ Watched by Raúl Cornejo 06 Nov, 2014

    Navidad, culpa y láudano

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  • Rod Sedgwick

    ★★★★½ Watched by Rod Sedgwick 24 Apr, 2014 2

    "Come and play . . . or I'll make you pay!"

    Claude Chabrol continues to impress me with his meditative thrillers that are subtly Hitchcockian, but less sensationalist than what the 'master of suspense' offered us over his time, in fact I only know of Chabrol due to discovery, rather than by household name.

    Without divulging the plot too much for the uninitiated, I will say only that it focuses on heavy moral concerns that see the film drift through…

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  • Aditya Gokhale

    ★★★★★ Watched by Aditya Gokhale 24 Apr, 2014

    Claude Chabrol's "Just Before Nightfall" ("Juste Avant la Nuit") (1971) is one of those rare films that boasts of writing so intelligent, it forces you think, and in the process, re-think and question the principles you live by, and puts your own morals to the test!

    Although built on familiar themes of infidelity and murder, Chabrol's story is a very fascinating meditation on profound guilt and remorse. With his grip firm on a narrative that is anything but predictable, Chabrol…

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  • paulsell

    ★★★★½ Added by paulsell

    Chabrol was a master of psychological tension. After Le Boucher and La Rupture both of which I also love, this one continues a brilliant run.

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  • teamzizzou

    ★★★★ Watched by teamzizzou 25 Feb, 2014

    Another top draw film from Chabrol.

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