Fool's Mate

1956 [FRENCH]

Comedy / Romance

IMDb Rating 7.1 10 898

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François Truffaut as Un invité à la fête
Jean-Luc Godard as Un invité à la fête
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 5 / 10

How do you explain away an expensive fur coat?!

"Le Coup du Berger" is considered one of the earliest French New Wave films. It's a short from Jacques Rivette and like many other New Wave films is about a person who isn't necessarily to be liked or admired (much like Jean-Paul Belmondo in "Breathless").

When the story begins, an unfaithful wife is given a fur coat by her lover. Her concern is how to let the husband see the coat without arising his suspicions. All this is compared in the film to as a sort of chess game.

So is this worth watching? Well, for film historians, absolutely. After all, how can you know what the New Wave was or learn from it if you don't watch any of the films...and this is a seminal film from the movement. Now this is NOT the same as saying the film is necessarily enjoyable or's only mildly enjoyable and looks a bit like a cinematic film and a home movie combined stylistically. For the average person, far from being a must-see...but for film students and budding filmmakers, well worth your time...especially since at the end you get to see several influential New Wave directors playing extras.

Reviewed by boblipton 6 / 10

Fool's Mate

Virginia Vitry's lover has given her a fur coat and she is delighted. There's just one problem. What will she tell her husband?

Jacques Rivette's short film is based on a Roald Dahl story and is a typically snide piece of fiction for both men. For Rivette, there is an air of post-war anomie in the entire matter, one that runs through most of his work and most of the French New Wave. There is no real joy, and the comedies are all mocking ones, efforts of the biter-bit variety, like this.

The movie ends at a party, one supposedly shot in Claude Chabrol's apartment. It's something of a coming-out party for the New Wave, with Chabrol, Godard and Truffaut among the guests.

Reviewed by Horst_In_Translation 6 / 10

Good little comedy

"Le coup du berger" or "Checkmate" (actually the chess references really didn't work at all) is a French black-and-white film from 1956, so this one has its 60th anniversary this year. The writer and director was Jacques Rivette (died earlier this year rip) and he worked on the screenplay here together with Charles L. Bitsch and Claude Chabrool. The entire thing is based on a story by Roald Dahl. It runs for slightly under half an hour and let me start by saying that Virginie Vitry is absolutely gorgeous. Shame to see her career was so short-lived and her looks really make it difficult to find the ending realistic. Anyway, that's not a major problem as everything before is pretty good fun. It is about a young woman who has an affair and gets an expensive fur as a gift from her lover. But how can she wear the fur even in her husband's presence without telling him? There must be a way and they come up with a pretty smart plan. But things don't go as planned unluckily for her. I also liked the performance by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze as the husband. You never know how much he suspects. Everything or nothing? And in the end, he is the big winner somehow. I certainly enjoyed this little film and it shows us that Dahl was also brilliant away from the world of animals. Go check it out and don't forget subtitles if you're not fluent in French.

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