Confidentialy Yours, aromance/comedy/murder movie, is the last film Francois Truffaut made. It's called an homage to Hitchcock, and like many of Hitchcock's films it mixes murder and sly humor, with the two leads misunderstanding each other, a good deal of misdirection, and everything turning out fine.
A man is murdered and another man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a suspect. Then the suspect's wife is killed and it looks like he did it. He hides from the police while his secretary (Fanny Ardant), who loves him but doesn't quite believe he is innocent, sets out to help him. More murders happen, red herrings are thrown about, and finally the killer meets justice, exiting on a great last line, "Women are magic, and I became a magician." Here and there are gentle reminders of scenes from Hitchcock movies, including the staggering victim with a knife in the back from North by Northwest.
The film belongs to Ardant. She's a tall, leggy actress with a strong face who strides along with confidence and seems to look upon life's mysteries with humor and skepticism. She was Truffaut's last love. Twenty years later, in middle age playing a wordly aristocrat in Ridicule, Ardant proves she hasn't lost a thing.
Confidentially Yours won't be added to any list of Truffaut's great films, but it is an assured and enjoyable piece of work. If you like Truffaut (who died at 52 of a brain tumor), if you like Ardant, if you like Hitchcock, it's well worth your time.
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Since I retired in 1995 I have tried to hone skills in muttering to myself, writing and napping. At 75, I live in one of those places where one moves from independent living to hospice. I expect to begin … more
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