Chabrol-by-numbers: a female cop (Bruni-Tedeschi) investigates the strangling of a schoolgirl in a Breton village, centring her enquirieson three 'outsiders': an insecure art teacher (Gamblin), his wife/protector (Bonnaire), and a fashionable novelist/TV presenter (de Caunes). All the usual motifs are wheeled out, from guilt-by-thought versus guilt-by-deed to sexual inadequacies and jealousies, but this time the manure lacks nutrients. The denouement comes second to the closing 'meditation' on the deep meaning of lies, as flagged in the title, but most viewers will be too deeply asleep to care.
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Odile Barski, Claude Chabrol|
Antoine de Caunes