This is Truffaut at his most Hitchcockian but just like De Palma did with Dressed to Kill, Truffaut manged to out Hitchcock, Hitchcock with this incredible revenge thriller with an exceptional performance from Jeanne Moreau. This film will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. Also Tarantino had to have drawn inspiration from this film when he did Kill Bill.
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... www.cinefiches.com
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
More bluntly, doggedly derivative of Hitchcock than anything DePalma ever did...yet the intense joy and interest with which it's done, and the singular beauty of Moreau, render that merely an observation of a fact that the film's Truth belies. One way or another, Truffaut (his own style, muted, is here to complement matters, too) makes it his own obsession.
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.
Truffaut's homage to Hitchcock was a half baked affair. They say imitation is the sincerest act of flattery but sometimes imitation is just that. Jeanne Moreau is great in a part in which she basically shows no emotion sphinx like. Herrmann's score quite good for the period and just re-emphasizes compariision to Hitch. Not a waste by any stretch, quite frankly worth watching for the costuming alone.