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LES BICHES (Claude Chabrol, 1968)

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LES BICHES aka Bad Girls Dir. Claude Chabrol, 1968 France, 94 min. In French with English subtitles The bored bisexual millionaire Frédérique (Stéphane Audran) picks up a homeless young street artist named Why (Jacqueline Sassard), invites her back to her apartment, and seduces her. Frédérique then whisks her away to her chic villa in Saint-Tropez for the winter season. They soon meet the dashing architect Paul (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and both fall for him, setting in motion a 'ménage à trois' of flirtation and deception… Featuring knockout performances and sumptuous cinematography, LES BICHES is a showcase of Claude Chabrol's trademark tension and atmosphere. While a tortured lesbian relationship is certainly scandalous material, Chabrol telegraphs a controlled but still sexually charged approach that elicits a stylish, icy eroticism. Often referred to as the film that kickstarted Chabrol's golden age, LES BICHES is a hypnotic tapestry of jealousy, possession, and sexual ambiguity.