A young scientist (Michel Le Royer) has a motorcycle accident,one evening ...He awakes in a strange house where a sinister-looking man (Jean Servais)tells him:"you were dead ,but we brought you back to life".The man reanimates a cat ,as Herbert West will do in "Re-Animator" (1985).There the comparison ends .In the mysterious house ,there is also the obligatory gorgeous strange woman (played by Annette Stroyberg aka Annette Vadim)the hero falls in love with.
The plot thickens:it seems that,like the count of Cagliostro,these two persons seem immortal:wasn't the lady a model for Auguste Renoir and other famous painters of another era such as David ? But unfortunately the ending is a big disappointment.It almost thoroughly ruins the mystery atmosphere,an unusual one in the French/Belgian cinema of the early sixties,then under the New Wavelet's thumb.
THe film should end when the hero finds back his motorcycle;all that follows is too derivative.Too bad.
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