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The Model Couple
Directed by William Klein • 1977 • France
In 1977 France, the Ministry of the Future chooses two 'normal,' white, middle-class citizens, Claudine (Anémone) and Jean-Michel (André Dussolier), for a national experiment. They will be monitored and displayed on television for six months in a model apartment outfitted with state-of-the-art products and nonstop surveillance - the template for 'a new city for the new man.' A searing satire of the breakdown of individual freedoms in the face of increasing governmental invasions of privacy, William Klein's THE MODEL COUPLE deftly investigates the fine line between democracy and totalitarianism.