Release date22 January 1969 (1969-01-22) Music directorDominique Zardi, Pierre Jansen CastStéphane Audran (Hélène Desvallées), Michel Bouquet (Charles Desvallées), Maurice Ronet (Victor Pegala), Louise Rioton (Mamy), Henri Marteau (Paul), François Moro-Giafferi (Frédéric) Similar moviesIn the Mood for Love, Little Children, Stolen Kisses, Grill Point, Gone Girl, Fatal Attraction
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Charles Desvallees (Michel Bouquet), a successful insurance broker, employs a private investigator on suspicion that his wife, Helene (Stephane Audran), is cheating on him. After acquiring evidence of his wifes infidelity, Charles confronts and murders Helenes lover, Victor Pegala (Maurice Ronet). When the police question the married couple about their connection to the murdered man, both Helene and Charles continue their perilous dance of deception.
The Unfaithful Wife (French: ) is a 1969 French film directed by Claude Chabrol. It was remade in English in 2002 as Unfaithful, directed by Adrian Lyne. The film had a total of 682,295 admissions in France.
Insurance executive Charles suspects his wife Hélène of playing the field, so he has a private detective locate his wife's lover, author Victor Pegala. Confronting Victor, Charles tries to adopt an air of indifference, but the conversation ends with the husband bludgeoning the author to death and then calmly disposing of the evidence. When Hélène is questioned about Victor's murder, she discovers on her own that her husband is guilty. Instead of turning him in, Hélène is so thrilled that Charles cares so deeply about her that she is more in love with him than ever before.
Insurer Charles Desvallees lives in a beautiful house in the countryside near Paris with his wife Helene and their young son. He works in the city in a leisurely job, often drinking and smoking. His wife often goes to Paris for shopping, beauty treatments and cinema sessions.
By accident he discovers she was not at the hairdresser when she was meant to be. He gradually grows more suspicious about the way she employs her time and asks a private investigator to follow her. The embarrassed detective duly reports that his wife sees a writer called Victor Pegala, at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine, several times a week. Helene appears in bed with Pegala, exchanging titbits about their respective lives. The writer is divorced with two children.
On a day his wife is busy hosting a birthday party for their son, Desvallees pays Pegala a visit. At first he tells the confused writer jovially that he and his wife have an open marriage and sits and talks pleasantly with him. He asks for a tour of the small flat. On seeing the bed his demeanour changes, as he pictures his wife there. He spots a giant cigarette lighter at the bedside. This had been a 3rd anniversary present to his wife from him. He starts to feel unwell and suddenly grabs a stone bust and kills Pegala with a violent blow to the head.
Desvallee calms down and meticulously cleans up and removes all fingerprints. He then brings his car round near the back gate, bundles up the body, and drags it in broad daylight but in a quiet neighbourhood to the car, where he stuffs it in the boot.
En route he is rear-ended by a van after braking distractedly. Desvallee nearly panics and hurries the formalities with the other driver as a crowd assembles and a policeman remarks that his boot is now jammed. He dumps the body into a murky pond where it takes an agonisingly long time to sink.
A day or two later, Helene is grumpy and unwell. Two detectives turn up in the daytime to interrogate her about Victor Pegala, who has been reported missing by his ex-wife. They have found her name and details in the missing mans address book. She is flustered and avoids giving direct answers as to how she knew Victor. In the evening, she mentions the disappearance to her husband, claiming Pegala was only a vague acquaintance. The detectives return and interrogate both Helene and Charles, who denies having even heard of the man before.
Helene finds a photograph of Victor in her husbands jacket pocket with his name and address on the back. She looks as if she is going to confront him but she goes outside and burns it. Her emotions are difficult to read.
In the final scene the family is in their garden when the two policemen walk up the drive. Charles tells Helene that he "loves her madly" and goes to speak to the police. The camera then moves back to the wife and child, slowly panning until they disappear hidden by soft focus foliage as Charles is presumably taken away from them.