Two English Girls
|Two English Girls|
French release poster
|Directed by||François Truffaut|
|Produced by||Marcel Berbert|
|Written by||François Truffaut
|Based on||Les Deux Anglaises et le Continent
by Henri-Pierre Roché
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|Edited by||Yann Dedet|
Les Films du Carrosse
|Distributed by||Valoria Films|
|Box office||412,866 admissions (France)|
Two English Girls (original French title: Les Deux Anglaises et le Continent, UK Title: Anne and Muriel), is a 1971 French romantic drama film directed by François Truffaut and adapted from a 1956 novel of the same name by Henri-Pierre Roché. It stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Claude, Kika Markham as Anne, and Stacey Tendeter as Muriel. Truffaut restored 20 minutes of footage, which fills out the characters, before his death in 1984.
The novel was first published in English in 2004, translated by Walter Bruno and published by Cambridge Book Review Press, Cambridge, Wisconsin.
The film begins in Paris around the year 1902 when Claude Roc and his widowed mother are visited by Ann Brown, daughter of an old friend. Ann invites Claude to spend the summer on the coast of Wales with her widowed mother and sister Muriel. While she enjoys Claude's company, her hope is that he may be a husband for her introverted sister. In the event, Claude and Muriel do start to fall in love and Mrs Brown, with the agreement of Madame Roc, says they must live apart for a year.
Returning to France, Claude moves in artistic circles and meets many attractive women while Muriel gets increasingly despondent in Wales. Ann leaves home to study art in Paris, where she falls into an affair with Claude, only to leave him for Diurka, a dashing publisher who takes her off to Persia. When Muriel is told of the affair, she collapses into deep depression. Ann falls ill and returns to Wales, dying among her family with Diurka at her side.
Diurka tells Claude that Muriel is leaving home to take a job in Belgium. Claude meets her ship at Calais and they spend that night together in a hotel. In the morning she says they must now part for ever. Later she writes to say she is pregnant, raising Claude's hopes of marriage, but a second letter says she has miscarried and their relationship is truly at an end.
In an epilogue set in the 1920s, the unmarried and orphaned Claude, now a successful author, still dreams of the artistic gifts of Ann and the children Muriel might have had.
- Jean-Pierre Léaud as Claude Roc
- Kika Markham as Ann Brown
- Stacey Tendeter as Muriel Brown
- Sylvia Marriott as Mrs. Brown
- Marie Mansart as Madame Roc
- Philippe Léotard as Diurka
- Irène Tunc as Ruta
- Mark Peterson as Mr. Flint
- David Markham as the palmist
- Georges Delerue as Claude's business agent
- Marcel Berbert as the art dealer
- Annie Miler as Monique de Montferrand
- Christine Pellé asClaude's secretary
- Jeanne Lobre as Jeanne
- Marie Iracane as Madame Roc's maidservant
- Jean-Claude Dolbert as the English policeman
- Anne Levaslot as Muriel as a child
- Sophie Jeanne as Clarisse
- René Gaillard as a taxi driver
- Sophie Baker as a friend in the café
- Laura Truffaut as a child
- Eva Truffaut as a child
- Mathieu Schiffman as a child
- Guillaume Schiffman as a child
Disappointed with its reception in France, Truffaut decided to restore over 20 minutes of footage to the film, a project he completed just before he died in 1984. This version was released after his death. Critics such as Tom Wiener believe it improved the film.
- Box Office information for Francois Truffaut films at Box Office Story
- Tom Wiener, Rovi, "'Les deux anglais et le continent'", Rotten Tomatoes
- Allen, Don. Finally Truffaut. New York: Beaufort Books. 1985. ISBN 0-8253-0335-4. OCLC 12613514. pp. 232-233.
- Les deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls) at Rotten Tomatoes
- MacKillop, Ian (2000) Free Spirits: Henri Pierre Roché, François Truffaut and the Two English Girls, Bloomsbury, London, ISBN 0-7475-4855-2