Rene Chabout, a wine merchant with an insatiable appetite for women, is murdered. Maigret must sort through who was sleeping with whom and why, all the while hoping that some of what he learns will lead to a motive and a culprit. Perhaps it won't. Perhaps the motive is something else entirely ...
Excellent direction by Christian de Chalonge (including some suitably creepy first-person camera work), ably assisted by cinematographer Vladimir Smutny. Thierry Fremont and Dominique Frot contribute fine performances in small roles. The denouement is low-key (as is usual with the Maigrets I've seen), but well-executed and hardly disappointing.
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