Cinema: Banal but Beautiful

A Man and a Woman is a pictorially stunning, emotionally stumbling film about a woman mesmerized by the memory of her late husband, a jaunty movie stunt man who was killed while dancing through a battlefield set where a prop man's shell misfired. One Sunday at the Deauville school where their young children board, the widow (Anouk Aimée) meets a handsome widower (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a racing driver whose wife impulsively committed suicide, thinking that he had been killed in a crash at Le Mans.

Widow and widower fall in love, in a way, although flashback memories of the dead stunt man keep...

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