My first thought was that you should never send Francois Truffaut to do Brian De Palma's job, but as the film took shape—and its arc is to make a shape out of shapelessness—I really dug it. You have to watch it as an auteur theorist would watch Hitchcock, seeing a mystery story as a nuanced essay on how men and women relate to each other. Jeanne Moreau in duo-chrome with a Bernard Herrmann score goes a long way.
Stylish revenge thriller by François Truffaut, who I think was rather too ponderous, subtle and out of his element everytime he tried to get into Hitchcock territory; but with the macabre Bernard Herrmann in the music, and the sophisticated and calm Jeanne Moreau; he had winning aces.
jess franco by hitchcock by truffaut... i'm being a little generous by giving 5 stars bc the french never know how to suspend you and end with a bang in the final minutes of this type of film so you always feel it's not exactly what it should be but truffaut has more interesting ideas along the way to make up for it
Un bon film, fait rare chez le cinéaste, qui se regarde sans ennui, sans déplaisir et pourrait inciter le spectateur littéraire à relire les excellentes nouvelles du grand William Irish. A noter la remarquable interprétation de Jeanne Moreau, en veuve noire...