A soap-opera that is very badly lighted. When the lighting draws attention to itself, you know it's bad. It has that soap-opera logic to it. "I understand that you slept with every available woman in Port Charles including your Mom, but you can't tell Lisa because it would break her heart!" Yeah. Ok. Did I mention the horrible lighting?
Encore une dramatique "bourgeoise" version Chabrol, qui malgré de lourdes invraisemblances psychologiques, arrive tout de même à retraduire le sordide climat de suffisance et de lâcheté d'une sphère sociale en putréfaction et sans cesse renaissante. www.cinefiches.com
Charles has been a bad boy and wants to be punished, but does he deserve to get what he wants? In Chabrol's world penitence is selfish and concealing murder is altruism. The ironies of his hero's dilemma take us to the blind core of desire, where opposing moral concepts bleed into each other until they're nearly impossible to distinguish. Looks back toward Lang and across the aisle to Bunuel and Fassbinder. Superb.