• Yasser Chebbi

    ★★

    I hate the camera movements.

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  • SnowboardJunkie

    ★★★★

    A meditative study of how one man goes down a fallacious path and slowly sinks into it's trap of guilt and hopelessness. From the beginning exhilaration turns him into a fool, steadily blinding him. And his desire to know and feel what his conscious tells him is forbidden soon takes over. He gives himself to it’s control and his appetite for discovery becomes insatiable. No longer able find his way back to the virtues he once knew.

    But if a…

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  • secludix

    ★★★½

    (7/8 is "Very Good")
    This film is an utterly brilliant subversion of the murder film, I won't go into too many details but it completely inverts the usual fugitive drive and thus creates a tense and freshly intriguing crime film. Definetely stands up with the greats of the crime genre as a result.

    Only minor complaint I have is that the film is perhaps a tad too withdrawn and restrained, yet that might be an intentional mirror of the protagonist's situation. YMMV.

    EDIT: Just noticed this was my 1000th Letterboxd film. Very pleased that it was such an original film to fit the occasion.

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  • Murray Ross

    ★★★★

    I've spent 20 minutes thinking of what to say about this film. Stephane Audran goes on the favorite actress list, with Pam Grier and Ida Lupino. She is WOW!. Movie was just a teeny bit slow but the ending was perfect. What is murder, but a word.

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  • GKnight

    ★★★★

    A meticulously crafted drama about a man's descent into madness and despair after committing a crime and not being punished or even judged.

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  • ArizonaJim

    ★★★★½

    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

    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

    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

    ★★★★

    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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  • Reza Said

    ★★★★

    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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  • Lance

    ★★★½

    arid, cold, compelling

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  • Wilson

    ★★★★

    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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