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Another Claude Chabrol film that neither fails nor lives up to his previous successes (LES BICHES, among others). Again he pays homage to Hitchcock with a psychopath, Michel Serrault, who murders his wife, then kills six of her elderly friends. When he readies himself to kill a seventh,
she dies unexpectedly of natural causes, so he instead murders a prostitute whom he frequents. This murder leads the police to his doorstep. Serrault is convincing as the crazed murderer who keeps his wife in the cellar before butchering her.