Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games goes too far. Dazed, Charles walks out of the borrowed apartment in Paris and soon bumps into François in a nearby bistro. They drive back together to Versailles, where they have beautiful neighboring houses designed by François. The owner of the apartment had seen Laura and Charles together two months earlier, but she does not tell the police on the advice of François. Even though the police do not seem to have any clues to the crime, Charles has a difficult time coping with the situation, and trying to live a normal life with his two children and loving wife Hélène.
Did You Know?
The house and garden of the couple in the film, Charles and Hélène Masson - played by Michel Bouquet
and Stéphane Audran
- were designed and built by the architect Jack Hamoniau. See more
Original lyrics by Joseph Mohr
and music by Franz Xaver Gruber
, French lyrics by unknown lyricst
Played and sung in the Christmas morning scene See more