LA RUPTURE (Claude Chabrol, 1970)

From Charlotte Armstrong’s novel The Balloon Man, writer-director Claude Chabrol’s The Breach addresses modern Western patriarchy.      The pre-credit sequence stuns. Hélène Régnier (Chabrol’s then-wife Stéphane Audran, terrific) is preparing breakfast for young son Michel when her drug-addicted spouse, Charles, enters the room, tries strangling her without provocation, picks up Michel and throws him against a […]