Yes, it´s slow, yes, it´s talky and yes, it´s a subtle masterpiece. Chabrol´s swan song feels lke an episode of a long running crime series. But it is also a knowing meditation on life and death. Who can resist a film that starts with a whistling tune on a graveyard. A perfectly symbolic scene.
I gave this movie three stars, but it is worth more than that. The screenplay is witty and profound at the same time. But profound in a silly way; Chabrol plays with his audience: he doesn't seem to take things too seriously, still the movie ends up being very serious. I enjoyed it!