If it offers insight it's in the way it privileges male comfort, the casual freedom afforded its killers. Moreau is a dominatrix, her cruel touch the distance with which she seduces. Not a true existential exercise, nor a formal one - hard to say what it is other than the pleasure of a certain method with absence of love. These men way too cocksure to even threaten the upper hand.
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.