Ah, that telling shout-out to Lang's SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR in the late going. Well played, Claude. Commentators on Chabrol's debt to Lang always mention (as well they should) the theme of destiny. Here destiny becomes related to a kind of primal scene and the ineluctable drive toward its recreation. MERCI is also (naturally) about aberrant psychology and chemistry. And there are a lot of gazes up to a lot of stuff.
Une oeuvre au tempo mesuré et implacable de Chabrol et autre rôle de femme perturbée pour HUPPERT, qui montre une fois encore qu'elle est la meilleure actrice française aujourd'hui. ===== An implacable work by Chabrol and another role for HUPPERT as a disturbed woman, showing once again that she's the best French actress today.