Though greater fame went to his “French New Wave” colleagues Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol’s films may, in the end, be more brilliant, more long-lasting, more the films of a director with a singular vision, a complex view of the entangled complications of human interactions. From his 50 plus film career, we are thrilled to be able to share four of his best with our audiences every Saturday in October.
“Never has Chabrol’s elegant style been so bravura…nor his insights into human nature so profound”—Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times. In this truly jaw-dropping film, Helene (Stephane Audran) is a good mother with a checkered past as a stripper and barmaid. She divorces her ne’er do well husband after he attacks her and her son over breakfast. Her former in-laws blame her for her husband’s addiction and set out to take custody of her child from her. Thwarted by the courts, they turn to seedy operative Paul (Jean-Pierre Cassel) to destroy her reputation. He moves into her rooming house and begins to insinuate himself into her life, hatching darker and more convoluted plots to implicate her in everything from drugs to a bizarre kidnapping plot….Based on a novel by Charlotte Armstrong. In French with English subtitles. 1970. Unrated. 124 Min.