Written by: Odile Barski, HervÃ© Bromberger, Jean-Marie Fritere, FrÃ©dÃ©ric Grendel
Directed by: Claude Chabrol
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, StÃ©phane Audran, Jean Carmet
Released by: Koch Lorber Films
Anamorphic: N/A, 1.33:1 Full Frame
My Advice: Rent it if you’re desperate for French cinema
Violette (Huppert) seems to be a young daughter of a middle class family (Audran and Carmet) who goes to school and hopefully will marry a professional man. She also seems to be a sexually aggressive vamp who drinks in bars, has sex for money and is a pathological liar. Her parents are either well-meaning people who are trying to raise their sociopath daughter right or they are clueless saps who are stifling her with their bourgeoisie hypocrisy. Which version is true? Are they both true? These questions gain more urgency when Violette commits murder and her life depends on which version the court and the public believes. The problem is Violette can’t answer these questions for herself.