Yvan Lesurf is having difficulty coming to terms with his mother Claudia’s marriage to Adrien, his father’s brother, barely a few months after his father’s death. Yvan has grown to loathe his uncle but is at a loss what to do, so he wanders aimlessly in the grounds of his house. Claudia understands her son’s disquietude and tries to assuage her husband’s anger. One day, André Lagrange, a friend of the family, voices his objection to Yvan’s attempts to seduce his daughter Lucie. Having seen Olivier’s Hamlet at the local cinema, Yvan is struck by the similarities between Shakespeares’s play and his own situation. This soon turns into a morbid obsession and Yvan even believes he is Hamlet and starts to call Lucie Ophélia. Meeting his friend François at a café, Yvan explains that his mother and his uncle are Gertrude and Claudius, Hamlet’s mother and stepfather. It is they who killed his father! To expose this crime, Yvan persuades his friend to help him make a short film. –FilmsdeFrance.com
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