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Fifteen years after WWII, a group of ex-resistance fighters are brought together by Marie-Octobre, so that the former members of the network can finally relive one fateful night and find out who betrayed their murdered leader, Castille.
This is the second film by Jean Delannoy and it suffers from a weak story by Pierre Very which insists on the moral side ,the conscience,the necessity for a man to redeem himself.And naturally it's the villains (Mireille Balin and Jules Berry) who walk off with the honors.
Considering the limitations he was working under,Delannoy's work was not bad :the fears of the man after his crime ,the unbearable ticking of the clock(s),the close-ups on his sweaty face are not unworthy of a film noir.Delannoy shows a n interest in secret places as the good girl's strange mill which hides deadly traps ,and the antique dealer's dark den where he plays his blackmailer act .
There are actually two movies and they do not hang well together.The ending is what they call "fabricating a happy end" .
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