The Soft Skin

The Soft Skin ★★★★

Most of French new wave cinema is about relationships, but it's not the same romance you see in different cinemas of other countries in other periods. Relationships are used as a tool to reflect the state of society, how void of humanity and moral principals people have become. The ultimate realization that there is actually no sanctity to human life, there’s the iron that cuts through the meat and that's that, c’est fini. After the catastrophic World War II, people had no choice but to change and see the world differently, not better or worse, but definitely different. I've said so little and what I feel about the cinema of this era is more than could be put into words, I just understand where they're coming from with all this, totally. 
Truffault here takes a step forward. In the unconventional world of new wave romance, he still manages to be unconventional. The mistress that doesn't nag about being the second woman, the man who's not sure if he cares about losing his wife, and the wife who chooses the most unorthodox method to resolve the situation. What's outstanding is that Truffault keeps drama to minimum, the script doesn't need big turn of events to be effective, as simple as it could be, Soft Skin is more about what has become of French men and women rather than a simple love story.

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