La veuve Couderc

Synopsis: Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow. She is happy because World War I is over and she is enjoying being in control of the farm. And then she hires the handsome stranger who helped her carry the new incubator for chicks from the bus and across the canal. In the house by the canal with the job of raising and lowering the bridge for passing boats lives the widow's envious sister-in-law along with husband and nubile daughter.
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
92 min







That'll be fine, thanks.

Are you going far?

No. Just over there.

Want some help?


Oh, it's heavy.

Thirty kilos.

Do you want to rest?

What's inside?

Some concrete bricks for insulation.

To insulate what?

It's an incubator.

Baby chicks?


My sister in-law.

There's a town in Italy

with a lot of these bridges.


In Italy.

Are you Italian?


I thought maybe you were,

because lots of men come up

from Italy these days.

They're here looking for work.

I'm French.

Will you have some wine?



Why don't you come

when somebody calls you,

instead of always sneaking around?

Here, put this in the paddock

and tend to the cows.

This one is my brother-in-law.

He can't hear.

He speaks only when he wants to.

Isn't that right?

That's Polish, isn't it?

My grandmother was Polish.

Are you looking for work?


Well, I have a little,

a couple of days' worth.

You live here alone

with just your brother-in-law?

Yes, I'm a widow.

My name's Yvette Couderc.

What's your name?


Then you're hired.

I pay eight francs.


This is my father's room.

This is mine.

We could make up this room,

but for the short time that you are here...

It wouldn't be worth it.

Right. Here.

You'll have to give me a little help here.

Open the door.

Go to sleep.

Open up.

No! What would the neighbors say

if you died from it?

I don't care about those fools.

Open up!

It's not true!

You're afraid of them!

You're the one who's afraid!

What will they say when they find out

you took in a tramp?

- What did you say?

- I didn't say anything.

Anyway, this is my house, isn't it?

I've taken care of you pretty well.

Oh, yes, but you have to.

No, I don't.

Not anymore, Henri.

Now, go on. Go to sleep.


You don't seem to say very much.

And you?

Oh, well, I have nothing to say.

Neither have I.

Neither have I!

She's not back yet?

You have to come, Father.

We must talk.

- No.

- That's enough, Papa.

We have to talk.

Everything's fine.

Franoise spoke to the lawyer.

Now wait. Don't speak

in front of strangers.

You, come on, now!

Hey! Here she is!

They came here for him, didn't they?

He didn't want to go.

They're trying to make him

sell the house.

They want me out of here.

But I'm not going.

They're always coming here.

He's a good-for-nothing.

Well, I mean, he has no profession.

He wouldn't have a job

if he wasn't a friend of the mayor.

As for her, she's never been able

to forgive me for marrying her brother.

I was 14 when I came here as a servant.

The old man raped me,

and the son got me pregnant.

All for nothing because the baby died.

And after that, I waited on the mother.

I took care of her till she died.

Then I became my husband's nurse maid

and now I'm his widow.

Isn't that right? I took care

of all of you, didn't I?

Nursed you, washed you, wiped you.

Never a day's rest for me here.

I washed the dishes and I cooked!

I plowed the land,

took care of the livestock

Isn't that right?

I've every right to be here!

It's my home now!

Because I earned it with my sweat!

Am I right?

I don't know.

Well, I know it.



You work fast.

You seem used to it.

That's right.

But you're no farmer, are you?


Tell father to bring the cows in

and feed them.

All right.

They don't like you.

Leave them alone.

It's because they don't know me.

You going to stay here long?

As long as there's work

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Georges Simenon

Georges Joseph Christian Simenon (French: [ʒɔʁʒ simnɔ̃]; 13 February 1903 – 4 September 1989) was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret. more…

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