A Very Private Affair

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"A Story of the Heartbreaks...Behind the Big Breaks!"
  • 1962
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 5.6  (1,152)

A Very Private Affair is a 1962 French-Italian drama film directed by Louis Malle. The film stars Brigitte Bardot as Jill, a beautiful and restless young woman who is trying to make it as an actress in Paris. Marcello Mastroianni plays Fabio, a wealthy Italian businessman who becomes infatuated with Jill and offers to help launch her career.

The film opens with Jill arriving in Paris, where she is immediately swept up in the city's vibrant arts scene. She moves in with her friend Betty (Niki Scoular) and starts attending auditions, hoping to land a part in a play. Meanwhile, she begins a passionate affair with Fabio, who is married but separated from his wife.

At first, Jill is smitten with Fabio and enjoys the lavish lifestyle he provides. She accompanies him to glamorous social events and receives expensive gifts, including a sports car and a mink coat. However, as their relationship progresses, Jill begins to feel suffocated by Fabio's possessiveness and jealous streak. She is also frustrated by his refusal to take her acting aspirations seriously, insisting that she should focus on being his mistress instead.

As Jill struggles to balance her own ambitions with Fabio's demands, she forms connections with other artists in Paris. She befriends a group of bohemian intellectuals, including a poet named Raoul (Nicolas Bataille) who encourages her to pursue her creative passions. She also develops a close relationship with a fellow actress named Carla (Eléonore Hirt), who struggles with her own addiction issues.

Despite her growing dissatisfaction with Fabio, Jill finds herself drawn back to him again and again. Their relationship reaches a breaking point when Fabio's wife returns to Paris and he must choose between Jill and his family.

A Very Private Affair is a complex and nuanced portrayal of a young woman's struggle to find herself in a world that often tries to define her by her beauty and sexuality. Brigitte Bardot gives a powerful performance as Jill, capturing both her vulnerability and strength as she navigates the complicated terrain of love, ambition, and artistic expression. Marcello Mastroianni is equally compelling as Fabio, conveying both the charm and the toxicity of his character. The film's stunning cinematography and evocative score add to its dreamlike atmosphere, creating a haunting portrait of a time and place that no longer exists.

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    1 hr 43 min
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    5.6  (1,152)