A cruel, wheelchair-bound invalid (Stéphane Audran) who consistently terrorizes her teen son Louis (Lucas Belvaux) into abject obedience, is threatened with the loss of her home by a conniving trio who want her property as part of a deal for a lucrative development project.
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This is a delightful off-the-rails Chabrol, giving proud voice to the more anarchic tendencies which were of course often a hallmark of his earlier work (and which would subsequently give way to more measured creations). Few of his films are quite this willfully odd in terms of the establishing and playing out of a seemingly-typical policier scenario. Jean Poiret's Lavardin is appropriately ... disruptive.