A Girl Cut in Two

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A Girl Cut in Two
A Girl Cut in Two French poster.jpg
French poster
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byPatrick Godeau
Written byClaude Chabrol
Cecile Maistre
StarringLudivine Sagnier
Benoît Magimel
François Berléand
Music byMatthieu Chabrol
CinematographyEduardo Serra
Edited byMonique Fardoulis
Distributed byPan Europeenne
Release date
  • 8 August 2007 (2007-08-08)
Running time
114 minutes
Budget$7.8 million[1]
Box office$8.5 million[2]

A Girl Cut in Two (French: La Fille coupée en deux) is a 2007 French drama film directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Ludivine Sagnier, François Berléand, and Benoît Magimel. It tells the story of a naïve and affectionate girl who has disastrous relationships with two rich and influential men. One uses her as a sex object and abandons her, while the second marries her but proves lethally unbalanced. The film was released in France on 8 August 2007 and a limited release in the United States beginning on 15 August 2008.


Gabrielle, a pretty but innocent young woman, lives with her mother in Lyon and works as a weather girl for the local TV station. She attracts the attention of two very different men. One is Paul, the heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, who is too arrogant and immature to interest her seriously. The other is Charles, a nationally known writer more than twice her age whose wife stays in their country house while he uses a flat in town. There he takes Gabrielle and teaches her the sexual arts, expanding them by visits to an exclusive sex club. Having enjoyed all her youthful passion, he disappears on an extended business trip. Gabrielle falls into a severe depression and her worried mother eventually lets Paul visit.

He takes Gabrielle for a holiday to Lisbon, in separate rooms, and there she agrees to marry him. His widowed mother is appalled and a pre-nuptial contract excludes Gabrielle from all the family wealth. Not wanting any future misunderstanding with the insecure and volatile Paul, on their honeymoon she tells him about the relationship with Charles. Back in Lyon they attend a grand gala dinner for charity hosted by Paul's mother. The principal speaker is Charles and, in front of the town's élite, Paul shoots him dead. He gets a lenient sentence of seven years in an institution, from where he divorces Gabrielle, leaving her penniless.

Back home with her mother and seriously depressed, her uncle comes up with a solution. He tours with a cheesy magic show and Gabrielle in a sexy outfit becomes the girl who is cut in two by a circular saw. A close-up reveals that her emotional pain is unrelieved.

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