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I have no doubt that every cinephile has his or her own favourite adaptation of the prolific Belgian novelist Georges Simenon. This is certainly one of mine. The legendary partnership of Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost have written the screenplay and it is directed by Claude Autant - Lara whose last great film this was before his downward curve. Jean Gabin's performance is faultless as the world-weary lawyer and Brigitte Bardot, in probably her best role, is the femme fatale with whom he becomes infatuated. Bardot herself was dismissive of most of the films in her career but I would be very surprised if this were one of them. The film is beautifully shot by Jacques Nattau with an excellent score by the director's favoured composer Rene Cloerec. No review of this film would be complete without mentioning the divine Edwige Feuiliere, one of the greatest stage actresses of her generation. Many of her film roles alas were not worthy of her supreme talents but in this she is tremendous as the wife who turns a blind eye to her husband's peccadilloes. When, I wonder,does complacency become complicity? Subject for debate!
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