In most of the world, only dedicated cinephiles noted the passing
of French actress Bernadette Lafont, but in France, citizens nation-wide are still mourning the loss of one of the country's great cinematic icons. Lafont passed away from a heart problem last Thursday at the age of 74. The actress' filmography, which covers well-over 100 films, reads like a who's who list of the most important French directors of the last fifty years. She made her debut in François Truffaut's first short film, The Mischief Makers
, in 1957 and went onto work with directors including Costa Garvas, Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Claude Miller and Julie Delpy.
And so, in honor of Lafont's work, let's take a look at seven of her standout films, all of which are worth watching in the near future, whether for the first or fifth time. As always, click through to the end of the gallery for even more European film news and the latest box office stats.
1. The Good Time Girls (Les Bonnes Femmes) Dir. Claude Chabrol
Lafont had previously worked with Chabrol on Le Beau Serge and would go on to collaborate with him on several more films, but her performance as Jane, a shopgirl trying to escape the monotony of day-to-day life by looking for love and distraction on weekends, is an unrivaled joy to behold. That said "joy" may not be the exact word on your mind by the end of this cynical, unsparing depiction of male-female relations.
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