Vintner Henri Marcoux (Jacques Dacqmine) brazenly carries on an affair with a beautiful young neighbor (Antonella Lualdi) right under the nose of his bitter wife Thérèse (Madeleine Robinson). Henri’s gorgeous daughter has herself caught the eye of a Hungarian ne’er do well (Jean-Paul Belmondo), while Henri’s voyeur son begins to take liberties with his father’s mistress. As the family’s passions ripen, the stage is set for tragedy.
Demonstrating “a flair for the camera and characterization,” Chabrol leads his gifted cast through “fine performances” (NY Times). Italo-Greek ingénue Antonella Lualdi is a “dark, striking beauty who could easily turn a man’s head,” (NY Times), and storied French stage actress Madeleine Robinson (Orson Welles’ The Trial) received the Best Actress prize at the 1959 Venice Film Festival for her role. Belmondo is magnetic in his final part before Breathless (in which he used his character’s name from À double tour as an alias) catapulted him to international stardom. –KINO International
Widely credited as the founding father of the French Nouvelle Vague movement, Claude Chabrol is responsible for a body of work that is as prolific as it is boldly defined. A master of the suspense thriller, Chabrol approaches his subjects with a cold, distanced objectivity that has led at least one critic to liken him to a compassionate but unsentimental god viewing the foibles and follies of his creations. Inherent in all of Chabrol’s thrillers is the observation of the clash between bourgeois value and barely-contained, oftentimes violent passion. This clash gives the director’s work a melodramatic quality that has allowed him to drift between the realm of the art film and that of popular entertainment.
Born in Paris on June 24, 1930, Chabrol was educated at the University of Paris, where he was a pharmacology student, and at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques. Following some military service, he developed an interest in the cinema and worked for a brief time in the publicity… read more
Belmondo plays a young hedonistic man dating a woman with a dysfunctional bourgeois family so he can live 'the good life' all year-round. His usual sexy, womanising demeanour works wonders here alongside the seriousness of the family, and the splendour of the French countryside. À double tour is joyfully twisted and divine in its blend of vivid colours and harsh characters. A wonderful film I'd recommend to anyone.
salvo por la secuencia del asesinato que tiene algunas audacias visuales y la idea de que la belleza merece morir por acomplejar al asesino con síndrome de bicho, es bastante torpe y un paso atrás después de el bello sergio y los primos. chabrol configura en su arranque un cine "sencillo", que plantea ideas claras, concretas, sencillas. bravo chabrol