Release date1956 Based ongossip article WriterJacques Rivette (scenario and dialogue), Claude Chabrol (scenario and dialogue), Charles L. Bitsch (scenario and dialogue) CastVirginie Vitry (Claire), Anne Doat (Solange), Jean-Claude Brialy (Claude), Jacques Doniol-Valcroze (Jean) ProducersClaude Chabrol, Pierre Braunberger Similar moviesRelated Jacques Rivette movies
Fool's Mate (French: Le Coup du berger) is a twenty-eight-minute short film directed by Jacques Rivette. It stars Virginie Vitry as a wife cheating on her husband (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze). When her lover (Jean-Claude Brialy) buys her a mink coat, the adulterous pair hatch a plan to avoid her husband's questioning the coat's origins.
Fool's Mate is considered by some to be the first film of the French New Wave, or the movement's earliest antecedent. Released in 1956, the film is something of a curio thanks to a scene in which Rivette and New Wave contemporaries Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, and François Truffaut are seen in the same room as party guests.