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Who else thinks Pierre's wife is a bipolar?


I do think she is bipolar: she is unbalanced, she has abrupt mood changes, she lets out her fury on Pierre for betraying her and slaps him yet at the same time she asks him forgiveness and asks him to stay, and eventually she kills him.

«I was on the fire escape! I saw ya!»

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No. She was loving and caring, but a bit controlling and even overbearing. Her changing behavior was most natural reaction to Pierre's extreme emotional apathy and coarseness. It's impossible to maintain emotional balance with the person like him. The best way to deal with such a man is to detach yourself from him, or not to marry him at all.

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Yes, I know that Pierre wasn't a saint and that he was a lot to blame for her behavior, but who knows what happened previously? Maybe he had a reason to cheat on her? Maybe she had bipolar-like behavior before and he couldn't handle it? It's not easy to keep up with a bipolar. Even the strongest people reach a point when they can no longer take it anymore.

«I was on the fire escape! I saw ya!»

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//Maybe he had a reason to cheat on her?//

The only reason to cheat is to be attracted to somebody else.

But at this case, you're right. Pierre mistook his annoyance to his wife as a love for Nicole. Interesting that even the physical features of the both women were a perfect contrast.

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Sure, both women are physically very different. But both are very attractive. Nicole is that radiant hot girl and Franca is a hot woman in her 40's.

Anyway, back on what I was saying, when Pierre and Franca argued (you know, when Franca suspects that he has another woman and he refuses to admit it), he mentioned that he needed to get away and have his own space. That made me wonder if he was fed-up with her (apparent) bipolar behavior.

«I was on the fire escape! I saw ya!»

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I do not think she is bipolar at all. Quite the opposite if you ask me: she knew what she was doing and she found pleasure in doing it.
The thing is, Pierre's behavior, if morally questionable, was not *that* bad. But in Franca's case, it took her to the extreme as she had been the patient, understanding wife for so many years. Heck, she even said she was willing to let go of the cheating thing. But Pierre kept lying so he wouldn't make himself look bad. In the end, it was his ego, apathy and detachment from everyone else's emotions and feelings what made Franca lose his mind. Nicole saw it way before Franca did and she just decided to leave. When Franca finally realized it nothing else mattered anymore.
The sad part of the story? What will happen to Sabine?

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Remember when Franca, after seeing the pictures of Pierre with Nicole, is chased by a freak and explodes? It seems to me that that might have triggered her decision to kill her husband.

I wonder if the freak who chased Franca was the same freak who chased Nicole before. I mean, the one who chased Franca we could see well how he looked like, but the one who was after Nicole we could only see at distance - although by distance they looked very different, so I don't think it was the same one.

I also wonder what happens to Sabrine afterwards. Her father was dead and her mother was certainly going to jail for a long time. Maybe someone from the family took her and "adopted" her? Maybe she went to an orphanage and someone adopted her? We can only wonder...

«I was on the fire escape! I saw ya!»

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I don't know if that was the decisive event that put her over the edge. But I am sure that it contributed to feed her calculated madness.
Also, I don't think that that man was the same that harassed Nicole. Those two cities are too far away from each other for it to be possible.

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Well, despite the distance, he could easily have had a ride to Paris, or take a train to Paris... or even a taxi. But while the freak who was after Franca was kinda husky and chubby, the one who was after Nicole seemed rather slim, so I don't think it was the same guy.

«I was on the fire escape! I saw ya!»

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I suppose Sabine was adopted by Odile and her husband, who were the most caring and supportive people.

Listen to your enemy, for God is talking

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I think the same, she might have been adopted by Odile and her husband - who name I can't remember. He even took Sabine with him and Pierre when he offered Pierre a ride to the airport in his Mercedes-Benz. Plus, he and his wife were friends of Pierre and Franca.

«I was on the fire escape! I saw ya!»

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+ IMO, madame Lachenay was the patience incarnated.

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Hopefully there was a time when people watched a film like this and didn't attempt to diagnose the characters. She was a woman.

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