• Directed by François Truffaut
  • Starring Jeanne Moreau, Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy, Claude Rich, Charles Denner, Michael Lonsdale, Serge Roussea
  • SILK & BULLETS - The Sisterhoods of Revenge
  • 1968 | 108mins | France | (12A)

After newly widowed Julie Kohler's (Jeanne Moreau) mother stops her from commiting suicide, she hatches a different plan to deal with her grief. In a small black book, she lists five men. One by one she visits the men with murderous intentions, assuming different identities to get close to them. Only one man remains elusive, having been captured by the cops before Julie could reach him -- but despite the obstacles, Julie intends to see her task through to the end.

Presented as part of "Silk and Bullets: The Sisterhoods of Revenge".

The season brings together four female revenge tales spanning the decades from the 60s to the 90s. Cinematic boundaries blur as the French New Wave merges with Hitchcock-esque suspense, alongside a Japanese pinky violence extravaganza, an audacious Hong Kong psychological thriller gem, and a standout US cult classic. Going beyond the complexities of sex exploitation, the films vividly portray the transformation of female protagonists, resonating with the strength of resilience and empowerment.

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Curated by Chun Chun Wong. Presented in partnership with the National Film & Television School.