Les Biches DVD


Frederique (Audran) a wealthy woman with lesbian leanings picks up pretty but impoverished young Parisian Why (Sassard) on a whim and takes her to her holiday home in St. Tropez. Complicating this fledgeling relationship is the arrival of handsome architect Paul (Trintingnant) whose interest in menage a trois results in jealousy madness and ultimately murder...

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07 June 2004
Arrow Film Distributors Ltd. 
95 minutes 
PAL, Subtitled 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play  Les biches literally means the does but it s also the French equivalent of chicks or birds as well as a blatant pun on the sexual orientation initially displayed by wealthy bourgeoise Frédérique (Stéphane Audran) when she plucks Parisian pavement artist Why (Jacqueline Sassard) literally off the street seduces her and whisks her away to off-season Saint-Tropez for a life of idle decadence in the company of her raffish gay friends There they meet architect Paul (Jean-Louis Trintignant) whose initial interest in Why is cruelly exploited by a jealous Frédérique for her own selfish ends But Why is no longer the virginal innocent that she was at the start and it s at this point that Claude Chabrol s film stops being an elegant comedy of manners (with a then-groundbreakingly casual attitude towards homosexuality) and starts turning the psychological screws with the millimetre precision characteristic of the man often dubbed the French Hitchcock

French drama from filmmaker Claude Chabrol starring his real life wife, Stéphane Audran, who won the Best Actress award at the 1968 Berlin Film Festival for her performance. Frédérique (Audran), a cool, rich lesbian picks up a young student named Why (Jacqueline Sassard) and takes her back to her elegant villa in St Tropez. They live happily for some time, annoyed only by the lunatic pranks of two resident camp buffoons. At a party Why falls for a young architect (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and begins an affair with him. At first amused by this, Frédérique later visits the architect herself and begins an affair, drawing him into an unstable and ultimately tragic ménage-a-trois.