Two English Girls
(Les deux Anglaises et le continent)

Screening on Film
Directed by François Truffaut.
With Jean-Pierre Léaud, Kika Markham, Stacey Tendeter.
France, 1971, 35mm, color, 108 min.
French with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

L is for Love Triangles

In this story of a turn-of-the-century ménage à trois, a Parisian belle époque writer romances two English sisters on the Welsh coastline over the course of several years. Reversing the relationship structure in Truffaut’s earlier film Jules and Jim, Two English Girls provides an insightful look at the growing yet tenuous bond between each of the lovers and the impossibility of a satisfactory resolution. Produced shortly after his brief affair with Catherine Deneuve ended, Truffaut’s work reflects his own skeptical view of romantic love and was considered to be his most personal work since The 400 Blows. The film’s warm hues were captured by acclaimed cinematographer Nestor Almendros.

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