• A surgeon becomes a killer of women for the sake of his disfigured daughter. There are many haunting scenes in this French thriller, a justifiably famous surgery sequence, and a curiously detached mood that many American thrillers have attempted to duplicate and failed. The pacing is deliberately slow, the plot absorbing and intense though not frightening. As for the ending, it is quite artful and beautiful, a masterful touch, but it isn't there to bring the plot together in a logical sense. This is because the film exists on its own plane, with an otherworldly feel of cool indifference and detachment. It is neither a masterpiece nor a failed art-thriller, yet it does have flashes of interest and a classy production design. **1/2 from ****