Euro Beat: 7 Bernadette Lafont Movies You Should Know About

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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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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "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."

    I haven´t seen any of her films, RIP, and thanks Mr Clark.

    "Noroît Dir. Jacques Rivette
    I'm not sure what to say about this totally bonkers, oddly hypnotic all-female pirate movie where Lafont plays a pirate queen. Actually, maybe that's all I need to say."

    hahahahhahha...what????.....a must see film I guess, Mr Clark.

    "- Can't wait any longer for Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa?"

    Steve Coogan, he always watchable......no matter what.

    Great work as always thanks, Mr Clark.

  • Gian Franco Costa

    Attila Marcel (spelling)

  • Brian Clark

    Good catch - much obliged.

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