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Deux femmes en or

(Two Women in Gold)

Year: 1970
Language: English
Format: 35mm Colour
Runtime: 107 min
Director: Claude Fournier
Writer: Claude Fournier, Marie-José Raymond
Cinematographer: Claude Fournier
Editor: Marcel Pothier, Claude Fournier
Sound: Raymond Leroux, Claude Delorme
Music: Robert Charlebois
Cast: Monique Mercure, Donald Pilon, Donald Lautrec, Yvon Deschamps, Marcel Sabourin, Louise Turcot
Production Company: Les Films Claude Fournier

In suburban Montreal, housewives Fernande (Monique Mercure) and Violette (Louise Turcot) become increasingly bored and irritated when their husbands (Marcel Sabourin and Donald Pilon) prove to be perennially absent and absorbed in other interests. After reading a book on sexual liberation, they decide to seduce men who deliver or work in the neighbourhood, including the milkman, a carpet cleaner and a municipal worker. After one of the men dies following the lovemaking, a comic investigation and trial ensues. The women are acquitted and become celebrities.

Deux femmes en or, like Denis Héroux’s 1968 box-office hit Valérie, is a classic example of the commercially successful soft-core pornographic films (maple syrup porno) produced in Quebec in the late sixties and early seventies. Like the others, it is mildly erotic and comic, but ultimately morally conservative and sentimental. Enormously successful, it was reportedly seen by one third of Québécois.

By: Peter Morris