i dont think this movie should (solely) be seen as a thriller, building up suspense is not the point here. after watching it i had to remain silent for quite a while, the horror of the absurd, its all too visible here
An altogether distinct view on the Vichy Regime as seen through the lens of one man trying to prove his identity. The combination of impending doom, mistery, the absurd, over-complicated bureaucracy provides this film with a certain, almost kafkaesque, quality. Alain Delon, proving once again his grand talent, gives life to a remarkable character, thus making this underrated gem all the more important.
Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. "Desire" list. One of the peaks of Losey, who catches remarkably well Delon in his middle age. By this time it was known that, like Newman, Delon was not only the animal more beautifully captured by greedy lenses as well a master player, ie, "race" and style, which is not exactly usual.
Mr. Klein takes advantage on the back of the desperate. Everything is business; he doesn't care about moral, is thoughtless & enjoys good life. But, caught in a case of mistaken identity, suddenly, he finds himself as a victim. Very good story. Excellent Delon. The movie is intellectually involving, but strangely not at all emotionally. At the end, does Klein pay deliberately for his unethics or is it fatalism? 3,5.