Perfect for any lingering post-Valentine's Day malaise, François Truffaut's The Woman Next Door is a steamy tale of forbidden, doomed obsession, the kind of story that the French do best. Fanny Ardant and Gérard Depardieu star as the former lovers who find themselves living in neighboring houses just outside of Grenoble ten years after their affair and now married to different partners. At first they pretend nonchalance, but of course that disintegrates fairly quickly. Véronique Silver is also wonderful as Madame Jouve, owner of the town tennis club and something of an all-seeing oracle for the film, and Truffaut's New Wave sensibilities are still very much in effect here in the early '80s in what would be his next-to-last film. I loved his extended shots, the exaggerated fades from scene to scene, the drah-ma.