A dark night of the soul like that far better known Liam O'Flaherty adaptation, Ford's Informer. Here the "Irish" all speak French - O'Flaherty's script was translated - which takes some getting used to. But the shadows (a pity, the murky VHS copy I saw!), the Dostoevskian mental disintegration of the inept murderer - he couldn't have her, so he had to kill her, cos God demands a blood sacrifice! - artfully done.