La Peau Douce aka The Soft Skin (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

François Truffaut’s dissection of infidelity is a subtle, humane account of the relationship between married literary publisher Pierre (Jean Desailly) and Nicole (Françoise Dorléac), the air stewardess he meets on a conference trip to Lisbon. As their differing wants and expectations become apparent, the consequences of the affair grow to be ever far-reaching and volatile. This tender character study is presented here on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration.

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition
  • Feature commentary by La Peau douce co-writer Jean-Louis Richard, with contributions from film critic and journalist Serge Toubiana
  • Between Masters at War: Truffaut and the Lessons of Alfred Hitchcock and Roberto Rossellini (2022, 18 mins): film academic Pasquale Iannone considers how the work of Truffaut was influenced by two great directors
  • Paris Through the Lens (1900-1910, 9 mins): precious glimpses of the sprawling city Truffaut loved from the BFI National Archive
  • Old Portugal at the Ocean’s Edge (1986, 1 min): mesmerising early film fragments, shot near Lisbon long before it provided the setting for illicit love in La Peau douce
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet including essays by Catherine Wheatley and Kieron McCormack and notes on Old Portugal at the Ocean’s Edge by BFI curator William Fowler