This film was one of several collaborations between Chabrol and his wife Audran and it restored him to favour after several years in the critical wilderness. He described the callous tale of an architect who becomes involved in the strange relationship between two women as 'the first film I made exactly as I wished' and set it in an impeccably observed off-season St. Tropez. A brilliantly performed, exquisite drama..
Incredible moments of ambiguity! When a man divides two women in lust, all actions that play him like a face in a game of poker reveal the multiplicity in motivations. Sassard's character is given the name "Why," which emphasizes the layered answer to vague boundaries of emotions and desires. When Frederique seduces Why's male fling Paul, it is as much about jealousy as it is to reveal the ludicrous nature of men.