Anatomy of a Marriage; My Days With Jean-Marc


1h 36m 1964

Brief Synopsis

The break-up of a marriage as seen through the eyes of the husband.

Film Details

Also Known As
Françoise, La vie conjugale, La vita conjugale, My Days With Jean-Marc, Per il bene e per il male
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 Oct 1964
Production Company
Arco Film; Films Borderie; Jolly Film; Terra Films
Distribution Company
Janus Films
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Synopsis

In 1955, Françoise, an energetic and ambitious young Parisian with well-defined goals, meets fellow law student Jean-Marc, a handsome and charming young man without character or willpower. She breaks her family ties rather than renounce him, convinced that his spinelessness will guarantee the freedom she holds dear, but discovers herself mistaken when she finds that she is pregnant. Nevertheless, she abandons her career and concentrates her ambitions on Jean-Marc, investing him with the courage he lacks. He panics under the weight of his new responsibilites and accepts a position as a provincial magistrate in the Ardennes. Though Françoise holds her boredom and impatience with smalltown life in check, she suddenly realizes that Jean-Marc has limited his sights to a career as a bureaucrat, and she shakes him out of his complacency by creating a scandal. Thanks to her influence, he obtains a position in the office of a famous Parisian lawyer, while she establishes contacts with the help of Roger, a former schoolmate and beau. Jean-Marc's scruples and hesitations inhibit his progress, and soon he is forced to leave the firm. Forced to act as breadwinner for the family, Françoise accepts a position with the public relations firm where Roger works. In spite of her tact and understanding, she cannot soothe Jean-Marc's wounded pride. Though she has ample opportunity for infidelity, she remains faithful to her husband, but he abandons her, stubbornly believing his unfounded suspicions.

Film Details

Also Known As
Françoise, La vie conjugale, La vita conjugale, My Days With Jean-Marc, Per il bene e per il male
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 Oct 1964
Production Company
Arco Film; Films Borderie; Jolly Film; Terra Films
Distribution Company
Janus Films
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in January 1964 as La vie conjugale in two parts entitled Jean-Marc and Françoise; running time for each part: 112 min. Italian titles: La vita conjugale and Per il bene e per il male. The second part was released in the U. S. as Anatomy of a Marriage; My Nights With Françoise, q. v.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted One of the Year's Five Best Foreign Films by the 1964 National Board of Rreview.

Released in United States Fall October 26, 1964

Film was released as two separate parts.

Released in United States Fall October 26, 1964