A sexually adventurous young woman approaches Antonio, an Italian art-restorer working at a cathedral in France. He resists getting involved with her but later he finds out she was raped and murdered in a derelict house.
The painter Antonio Berti was called to Reims by his friend Robert Maurisson to restore the paintings of the cathedral. Robert likes young girls, even if he is a famous notable. And precisely, he kills one of them. At the crime scene is also his friend Antonio, who at first does not understand what has just happened and then does not speak because of the friendship which binds him to Robert. But Commissioner Guerin charges him with the offense and Robert asks for time to run away, but..Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
When Jean -Pierre Mocky tries,his works resemble Claude Chabrol's.Such is the case of 'the témoin" which is his best film since "l'albatros" (1971).Here there is a true screenplay,no could-not-care-less directing and the results are satisfying.It takes some time to get off,but after about thirty minutes,the movie hits its stride,and it will remain interesting till the very end.
Noiret killed a Lolita who used to pose(an angel!) for Sordi,a painter in charge of restoring a church.Sordi knows that.Then a good psychological suspense begins ,enhanced by an angelic choir in the church.
There are good lines too:
Superintendent:"this crime can have been committed by anybody!"
Noiret:"Only a sex maniac could do such a thing!"
Superintendent:"That's what I said:anybody could!"
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