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½ May 22, 2017
Two thirds of this Chabrol thriller are intriguing and well-plotted. It's classic film noir territory: beautiful Romy Schneider is married to alcoholic and impotent Rod Steiger. A chance encounter with a penniless writer and neighbour leads to a Double Indemnity-type plot. All well and good, but disappointingly the overcooked screenplay veers off the cliff with several twists too many and never recovers. Wonderful cameo by Jean Rochefort as Schneider's lawyer.
April 9, 2016
I've only recently delved into Chabrol's thrillers (after dipping my toe in the water with his first nouvelle vague films (Le Beau Serge, Les Cousins) - and there are some excellent suspenseful movies from which to choose (basically any of the six films between Les Biches in 1968 and Just Before Nightfall in 1971). As with Hitchcock before him (and Chabrol wrote a famous book about the Master of Suspense along with Eric Rohmer), Chabrol deals with issues of guilt and moral complicity with a wry sense of humor. However, I found this international production (starring Romy Schneider and Rod Steiger) left me a bit cold. They are married but she takes a younger lover and they plot to kill him. But things don't go right and both of the men end up dead with Schneider then the prime suspect for the police (who are played rather comically). As the plot unravels there are a few twists and turns but somehow I never quite cared about Schneider or Steiger enough to feel suspense about their fates. I'm not sure whether this is the fault of the acting, the English-dubbed version I watched, the script, or Chabrol. Start somewhere else with his oeuvre.
July 31, 2012
convoluted murder mystery plenty of twists as only French cinema knows how
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2012
What's not to like with plot and psychological twists and the beauties of Romy Schneider and St. Tropez?
½ August 29, 2011
Though there is perhaps a twist or two too many, the overall result is a film that works on multiple levels, satisfying its generic obligations even as it interrogates the gender assumptions so often at the heart of the thriller genre.
Super Reviewer
May 28, 2011
There are a few shocking relevations, twists and turns, but it all rings somewhat hollow given that it's happening to characters we feel no connection to because very little was done to flesh them out.
Super Reviewer
October 27, 2008
A beautiful woman (Romy Schneider) and her lover hatch a plot to murder her rich, impotent, alcoholic husband (Rod Steger). Things seem to be going to plan until both husband and lover fail to return from the pre-arranged 'boating accident', and the woman finds herself the unwanted focus of two missing person investigations. Hmmm... I can't think of very much to say about this. After a clumsy start, things improve immensely once the police start sniffing around and asking awkward questions of Schneider, who at this stage is just as mystified as we are. Unfortunately, Chabrol tries our patience with a succession of ludicrous plot twists in the second half and the movie outstays its welcome. Schneider is superb and Jean Rochefort turns in a very droll performance as her crafty lawyer. Rod Steiger is fine but his dubbed voice is very distracting; he's probably better in the English language version, where there ought to be a closer correlation between his dialogue and the shapes his lips are making.
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