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Two English Girls Details


Among the great François Truffaut films, Two English Girls is likely the least known. Its story of a romantic triangle inevitably invites comparison to Truffaut's Jules and Jim, and not surprisingly, as both are based on novels by Henri-Pierre Roche (the only two novels Roche authored). Truffaut regular Jean-Pierre Leaud is Claude, the Frenchman who on a turn-of-the-century trip to Wales with his mother meets the Brown sisters, Anne (Kika Markham) and Muriel (Stacey Tendeter). Anne is a sculptress and more outgoing than Muriel, who is a teacher. Over the next 20 years, affections between Claude and the sisters shift, but consummation of any romantic feelings is often blocked by distance, a pair of very strong-willed mothers, and the conventions of the time. Claude becomes an art critic, and the trio each has to express blocked passions in his or her work. Disappointed by the mild reception that greeted the original version of the film, Truffaut determined to restore over 20 minutes of footage to the film, a project he completed just before he died in 1984. The posthumously released, full-length version rounds out the characters and their motives and makes Two English Girls worthy of comparison to The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim, and Day for Night in the Truffaut filmography. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

  • Release date:November 18, 1971


Jean-Pierre Léaud
as Claude
Kika Markham
as Anne
Stacey Tendeter
as Muriel Brown
Sylvia Marriott
as Mrs. Brown
Philippe Léotard
as Diurka
Marie Mansart
as Mme. Roc
Ewa Truffaut
as Child
Jean-Claude Dolbert
as English Policeman
Marie Mansart
as Claire
Georges Delerue
as Claude's Business Agent
François Truffaut
as Narrator
Annie Miller
as Monique de Monferrand
Mathieu Schiffman
as Child
Guillaume Schiffman
as Children
Marcel Berbert
as Art Dealer
Sophie Baker
as Friend in Cafe
Christine Pelle
as Claude's Secretary
Jeanne Lobre
as Jeanne
David Markham
as Palmist


François Truffaut
Claude Miller
François Truffaut
Jean Gruault
Néstor Almendros
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Yan Dedet
Gitt Magrini
Costume Designer