Bernard Coudray lives with his wife and young son in a remote country house near to Grenoble. One day, a married couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, move into the house next door. Mathilde and Bernard were lovers, many years before, and are equally surprised at the unexpected reunion. Initially, Bernard avoids Mathilde, but a chance meeting in a supermarket reawakens a long-buried passion and they are soon having an affair. Unfortunately, neither of them seems capable of controlling the emotional whirlwind which this unleashes.
The Woman Next Door (French: La Femme d’à côté) is a 1981 French film directed by François Truffaut. It was the 39th highest-grossing film of the year, with a total of 1,087,600 admissions in France.
The Woman Next Door (1981)
Directed by: François Truffaut
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin, Michèle Baumgartner, Roger Van Hool, Véronique Silver, Nicole Vauthier
Screenplay by: François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman
Production Design by: Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko
Cinematography by: William Lubtchansky
Film Editing by: Martine Barraqué
Costume Design by: Michèle Cerf
Music by: Georges Delerue
Distributed by: Gaumont-France Distribution, United Artists Classics
Release Date: September 30, 1981