Bored of her husband and her humdrum life in the country, Albertine is seriously contemplating a divorce, so she sets out for a short stay in Paris to mull things over. There, she is greeted by her friend Cécile, an elegant and refined young woman who is both happily married and a fully paid up member of the Parisian jet set. Cécile takes Albertine to a high class party where she introduces her to several interesting people: Didier Mareze, a young writer with a lively spirit; the brillant Dr Challenberg and his wealthy wife Hélène; and Marie-Laure, Cécile’s snobbish cousin. When Albertine starts an affair with Didier, she doesn’t yet know that he is only the first untamed lion the city has to offer her… —Filmsdefrance.com
Director Henri Verneuil was born Achod Malakian of Armenian parentage on October 15, 1920, in Rodosto, Turkey, and his family fled to France and settled in Marseilles when he was a young child. He later recounted his childhood experience in the novel Mayrig, which he dedicated to his mother and made into a 1991 film with the same name, which was followed by a sequel, 588 Rue Paradis, the following year.
Verneuil enrolled in 1943 at the Ecole Navale des Arts et Métiers at Aix-en-Provence, where he studied engineering. He then pursued a career in journalism, working as the editor-in-chief of the magazine Horizon in 1944-1946 and as a film critic for a Marseilles radio station. In 1947, he had an idea for a short film set in Marseilles and proposed it to the famous comedian Fernandel. The comic liked it, and thus began a long-lasting partnership which produced such popular film hits as Forbidden Fruit, The Sheep Has Five Legs, and The Cow and I read more