Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
France/Canada, 1978. Filmel, France Régions 3, Cinévidéo. Scenario by Odile Barski, Herve Bromberger, Frederic Grendel, adaptation and dialogue by Odile Barski, based on the book by Jean-Marie Fritere. Cinematography by Jean Rabier. Produced by Denis Heroux, Eugene Lepicier. Music by Pierre Jansen. Production Design by Jacques Brizzio. Costume Design by Pierre Nourry. Film Editing by Yves Langlois. Cannes Film Festival 1978.
Early in her fantastic career, Isabelle Huppert gave one of her first notable lead performances in this excellent film, earning her first Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival and gaining international acclaim. She stars in the true story of a teenage girl whose rebellious nature has her dressing like a child at home to please her conservative parents, while spending her nights out on the town dressed like a glamorous siren and bedding an assortment of handsome men. Falling obsessively in love with a dreamy charlatan, she becomes obsessed with giving him money to keep him close to her, eventually deciding to kill her parents in order to have easier access to funds. This fascinating look at one of France’s most famous murder cases is a probing examination of family life and parent-child relationships. Huppert shows exceptional acting skill while only in her early twenties, while Stéphane Audran (then Mrs. Chabrol) matches her every step of the way with her marvelous supporting performance.