Le bel indifférent

dir. Jacques Demy

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Jacques Demy's first fictional short is a very personal adaptation of the play Jean Cocteau had written for Edith Piaf in the early years of WWII.

Demy staked out his territory of love spurned, lost, and regained in his first fiction film, a very personal adaptation of the play Jean Cocteau had written for Edith Piaf in the early years of WWII. Jeanne Allard stars as a woman obsessed by Emile, her "bel indifférent," as she awaits him, attuned to every sound that enters her small hotel room; a night of jealousy, rage, forgiveness, and suicide threats ensues.