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Pierre Duval, a young editor, falls passionately in love with Manou. For a while it's total bliss. But Manou is behaving strangely and Pierre knows little or nothing about her. All he's sure of is that she's married to a certain Bernard Jaillac, a renowned engineer, with whom she's going to visit a construction site in Morrocco. Unable to live without her, Pierre manages to join the trip. Yet, there's a surprise in store for him. The woman travelling with the engineer isn't Manou, but Claire. Who is Claire? Who is Manou? To what intrigue has Pierre fallen victim?
"(...) The atmosphere is one of stifling suspense, somewhere between Hitchcock and early Chabrol", explains Vincent Lindon. "There's something highly unreal about it and yet one has the feeling it could just happen. It's reminiscent of the 50's movies of Vincent Price and Ray Milland. Yet Patrick Grandperret has given it a contemporary flavour by underlining the freedom and sensuality of his characters, all of whom have a highly seductive side to them which they play up to perfection. All of which lends the film a "sexiness" that is both pleasant and disturbing insofar as it's just one piece of the puzzle". Vincent Lindon jumped at the chance of doing a thriller. "The thriller is somewhat absent in French cinema and it's a pity, as it fulfills a function I really like and which we tend to overlook: it's pure entertainment, a total unwind. The good guys slugging it out with the baddies, the naïve versus the cynical, in a dualism which is always satisfying in the end. If good wins out it reassures our moral, civic sense; if badness wins the day it whets our appetite for the hero who refuses to be bound by rules...(...)"
(Vincent Lindon, Interview by Marie-Noëlle Tranchant, Le Figaro)