Juste avant la nuit


1h 40m 1971

Brief Synopsis

Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games goes too far. Dazed, Charles walks out of the borrowed apartment in Paris and soon bumps into François in a nearby bistro. They drive back together to Versailles, where they have beautiful neighboring houses designed by François. The owner of the apartment had seen Laura and Charles together two months earlier, but she does not tell the police on the advice of François. Even though the police do not seem to have any clues to the crime, Charles has a difficult time coping with the situation, and trying to live a normal life with his two children and loving wife Hélène.

Film Details

Also Known As
Just Before Nightfall
Release Date
1971
Production Company
Columbia Pictures
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

During a bout of sesual frenzy, a man strangles his mistress to death. When his wife and his best friend refuse to condemn him or let him confess to the police, his guilt becomes unbearably all-consuming.

Film Details

Also Known As
Just Before Nightfall
Release Date
1971
Production Company
Columbia Pictures
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1971

Released in United States 1974

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States 1971

Released in United States 1974 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (In French with English subtitles) March 28 - April 9, 1974)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade Theater) as part of program "Just Before Midnight: The Cinema of Claude Chabrol" July 23 - August 19, 1999.)