Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ambitious conductor freshly graduated from the conservatory. Was it passion, vengeance, desperation, an accident?
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Well filmed, well acted and moving film showing the traps bourgeois 1960's morality set for anyone not willing to comply and also how those narcissistic enough to take advantage of those traps could destroy lives with callous impunity and I'm not talking only of Gilbert.
A poignant and emotionally complex film. Bardot and Sami Frey are outstanding, and the audience intimately experiences the defendant's frustration in court. However, Clouzot frames the film so we are focused on the tragedy of Dominique's life more so than her legal fate. One of Bardot's best performances.
It's not God that created this woman. She's not a sympathetic character at all. She plays around with people's emotions. She only wants you when she can't get you. She claims, "I am a person!" But is she? She is treated quite harshly, but then, that's the French for you. Haughty SOBs.
Excellent film - in many ways ahead of its time. Challenging both the judgemental nature of bourgeois morality and the nihilism of bohemian life styles, and leaving the viewer to be the jury after all.
Particularly impressive performances from Bardot and her defence lawyer Charles Vanel. Deserved the Oscar it did't get.
This film casts Bardot in a role which not only fits her promiscuity as a glove, but also gives her a chance to show her acting prowess. She succeeds in turning this courtroom drama into something enjoyable. The editing I found to be really exciting as well, adding to the quality of the film. The downside is I don't see myself watching it again.