Bed and Board (Domicile Conjugal)

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


In the final chapter of the Cycle, Antoine has married Christine and becomes a father. It is perhaps the funniest of the four films as Leaud has fully matured as an actor and refined his deft comic touch and deadpan expressions. His challenges is ow as husband and father—roles for which he is wholly unprepared and with the expected results. But amidst all of Antoine’s comic charm there still lie his deepest and most troubling needs: the affection denied him as a child, his attempts at direct communication, and his attractions to and affairs with other women. Mos revealing is the exchange at a moment of estrangement between he and Christine. He says, “You are my little sister, you are my daughter, you are my mother.” To which she replies, “I should also like to have been your wife.”

Screening Details

  • Section: Highlights: Petit, Truffaut, Passer, Corman's Prodigies
  • Film Type: Dramatic Feature
  • Country: France
  • Run Time: 98 min.
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