Vixen, The / Les femmes (1969)

2.5 out of 5

A writer hires a secretary for uninhibited inspiration for his new novel-cum-autobiography, a sort of diary of a predatory sex pest, in this Jean Aurel feature that stars Brigitte Bardot and Maurice Ronet in dual battle-of-the-sexes and Odd Couple style fare. This is Romcom sixties style from the director of Manon 70.

Very much a product of it's time Les femmes is a delightful, if hardly earth-shattering, little timewaster that will certainly appeal to those who like to indulge in timecapsule-like snapshots of the period. On the other hand those who prefer their cinema with a little more oomph may become bored and irritated with a film in which not a lot especially happens aside from some lighthearted banter and is largely confined to a train carriage and some hotel bedrooms. Though this is complimented by some delightfully captured flashback introduced location work.

Ultimately the film is inoffensive, at times touching and very nice to look at. In that sense it is not unlike Manon 70. As with cappuccino there proves to be a certain richness beneath the sweet frothy surface and, despite some cringeworthy Austin Powersesque gender assumptions, there is a certain introspection and philosophical musing over the nature of love and relationships. Mostly harmless.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics