Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
France, 1982. Gaumont, TF1 Films Production, S.F.P.C., Partner’s Productions. Adaptation by Monique Lange, Joseph Losey, dialogue by Monique Lange, based on the novel by Roger Vailland. Cinematography by Henri Alekan. Produced by Yves Rousset-Rouar. Music by Richard Hartley. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner. Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca. Film Editing by Marie Castro-Vasquez.
Sometimes enjoyable but mostly obscure melodrama made in France by celebrated British filmmaker Joseph Losey. Isabelle Huppert is terrific as a married woman who decides on the spur of the moment to leave her high school sweetheart husband and take off with a rich businessman (Daniel Olbrychski). She follows her lover to Japan and becomes his high-class mistress, constantly seeking a more exciting life but eventually feeling the guilt of whom she has hurt to achieve her wild fantasy. Meanwhile, her husband (Jacques Spiesser) is having an affair with her boyfriend’s business associate (Jean-Pierre Cassel), a sad reality that takes Cassel’s wife (Jeanne Moreau, as always stunning) to an emotional plane with dire consequences. The staid pacing and flat cinematography will turn all but the most devoted viewers off, and even Huppert’s fans won’t get that much out of it.