Claude Chabrol directs Robin Renucci, Philippe Noiret and Anne Brochet in this French mystery where a gameshow host and a ghostwriter play a game of cat-and-mouse over the disappearance of a young woman and the exploitation of a spaced out orphan.
As much French farce as Hitchcockian pastiche this has some nice moments but never really goes anywhere after the first act. The ensemble is really cracking though so you don’t object to being in their company as they spin their wheels until the credits.
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