Max, a young mechanic and unrepentant seducer, takes advantage of Denise, who then tries to commit suicide. To make amends, Thérèse requests that Max marry Denise. He pretends to accept, while in fact planning to in turn seduce Thérèse.
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35mm. 3,5. A distempered fiction that is filmed with the clinical rigor of an autopsy and not having anything to do with his polars it's undoubtedly, of his films prior to "Bob le Flambeur", the one who has more cinematic ideas and predicts the nocturnal rigor mortis that will follow. Negative, above all, is the presence of that huge plaster called Yvonne Sanson. Great cinematography by Henri Alekan.
From beginning to end, it's noticeable that this movie was a comissioned order from the studio for Melville. He said it was his way to prove that he wasn't the "intellectual guy" many critics and filmmakers thought. The result is a movie so forgetable that, over the years, Melville tried to erase from his official filmography. But it has some interesting things, mostly in the moments...