Charles Desvallées has good reasons to believe that his wife is cheating on him and hires a P.D. in order to prove himself right. Once he knows the lover is writer Victor Pégala, he drives to his apartment, calmly presents himself as the husband, starts a conversation and then kills him cold-bloodedly. The police trace the wife but when she discovers by accident a picture that could incriminate her husband she decides to remain silent. —IMDb
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
From Chabrol's late '60's/early '70's hot streak comes this clever and extremely suspenseful drama about the events that take place after a suspicious husband finds out that his wife is having an affair. Audran as the wife gives a classy and controlled performance but star of the show has to be Bouquet as the husband, especially in a memorable Hitchcockian scene where he has to dispose of a body. Highly recommended.
los detalles, algunas pláticas deshilvanadas, un rompecabezas al que le falta una pieza, la cara de un policía que escruta con su silenciosa mirada, una música dodecafónica de fondo, piernas desnudas de mujeres bellas...