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Page 8-Saturday, May 22, 1982-The Michigan Daily
'Woman Next Door'
bland but beautiful

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ement for an apparently devoted wife to
make. Why is she jealous of Barnard's
suffering? Is something missing in her
own love for him? Just as you sit for-
ward to hear what could be an insight-
ful conversation the picture fades and
then lights up again at a supermarket
or a country club or some other place
you don't want to be at.
But these glimpses, however am-
putated, are as good as they come. The
photography, though sometimes bland,
is often haunting: the final meeting
between Mathilde and Bernard is
frighteningly beautiful, set in a blue
and unnatural darkness.
Their sex together is appealing and
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awkward clumsiness characterizing
both of them. Fanny Ardant may well
be at her best in these scenes, when
she's not obliged to faint from kisses or
break down in the bushes. She has the
bearing of a queen, the body of a center-
fold, and an unforgettable face over
which she may have a little too much
control.
Mme. Jouve (Veronique Silver) is
the gentle and stoic woman who may be
something of a model for humanity in
this film. She, like Mathilde, has been
crippled by stinted love, but she has got
hold of herself and imposes on no one.
She is generous and probably still
unhappy, yet she adds life to the lives of
the other characters as well as to the
film itself.
At a time when many men live in
horror of being considered sexist, it is a
relief to see a film that addresses basic
differences between the sexes by a
director who doesn't hesitate to send
women laughing in pairs to the
bedroom when one of them has to
change clothes
Make no mistake about it, this film
differentiates the sexes
psychologically: women in the film are
more determined, more subject to the
perils of absolute obsession, while men
are more able to walk away from it all,
more rash and unsure of themselves.
The film is at once a celebration of,
and a testimony to the failure of, love
between the sexes. If you leave feeling
less sad or more lukewarm than you
think you should that may well be due
to the flatness of characters like Ber-
nard and Arlette and to Truffaut's odd
and distantly successful sense of
humor.
A slight aura of blandness and over-
exposed brightness emerges from
much of the film, but its better momen-
ts will probably win you over.
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he one day would return to the United
States.
In 1931, Herman accompanied his
parents and sister to the Soviet Union,
where his father was to work in an
automobile plant. He was then 16.
Young Herman excelled in sports and
broke the world's parachute jump
record in 1934.
After setting the parachute record, he
refused to sign a form identifying him
as a Soviet citizen. He insisted he was
an American.
He was arrested in 1938 for alleged
"counterrevolutionary activities." He
spent a year in the Gorky prison and the
next 10 years in a hard labor camp in
Siberia. After his release he married
and had a daughter, but was arrested
again in 1952.
Herman was exonerated of all
charges in 1955. But it was not until 1976
that he was able to leave the Soviet
Union.
His epic struggle to survive is told
with brutal realism, and is an inspiring
story. Savage is excellent as the young
man caught in a bewildering dilemma,
but struggling to preserve .his
humanity, his sanity and his will to live.
Country singer Willie Nelson also stars
as Red Loon, another American in the
camp.
"Red taught him how to deal with his
imprisonment and lack of freedom,"
Savage said. "He taught him to feel
that he.was not bound by his soul and
that he should not fight it internally."

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