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1959. Guilty of a double-murder, a man is beheaded. At the bottom of the basket that just welcomed it, the head of the dead man tells his story: everything was going so well. Admired priest, magnificient lover, his earthly paradise seemed to have no end.
From a sordid story, the screenwriter elaborates an unlikely character: a third Don Juan cynic, a third St Jerome in the temptations of the desert, a third Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll, all in a humorous and derisory tone . The fusion is not credible, and the historical figure that inspired this fiction was probably more a schizophrenic bipolar and obsessed than a cold and calculating cynic. The only probable character represented correctly in this film is the dichotomy, the contrast between the sacramental functions of the priest and his unregulated private life.
The filmmaker's point of view remains at the superficial level of a game, whereas one would like to have a true analysis of the psychiatric springs that may have led to the abomination described.
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