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One of the key films of the 70s, La rupture is Claude Chabrol's most audacious experiment with narrative form—a modernist reworking of the melodrama (1970). Stephane Audran is innocence unprotected, a wife and mother whose husband has gone mad under LSD, and who now has to suffer a bizarre plot spun by her father-in-law to recover custody of her child. The “rupture” of the title belongs to the narrative, which begins with clear black/white, good/evil distinctions and then gradually self-destructs, breaking down into increasingly elliptical and imponderable fragments. Highly recommended.

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