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This one’s absurdly convoluted and plotty even by Chabrol standards, so much so that I had a pretty hard time keeping track of the proceedings. But luckily, none of that REALLY matters. Suffice to say, the film explores every possible betrayal and plot reversal possible and lets them all play out while still maintaining character consistency. But plot stuff aside, what is really interesting is all the gender politics in the film. I love how the film is filled entirely with men to the exclusion of Romy Schneider. We don’t even see women in the background of scenes. And Chabrol really uses Schneider’s hotness to play with our perception of her. She starts off as the seductress, the femme fatale who isn’t terribly sympathetic but the film ends up making her a much more complex character than that. Her good looks which initially seem like a weapon that she wields to manipulate the men around her ultimately ends up being the very thing that turns every single man she encounters against her. Dark as hell, y’all. And fun.

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