Yes forgotten, only one reviewer (the usual french cinema passionate conoisseur). I sadly get used to this general ignorance in french film noir. Shot in 1965, it's one of the last black and white french film noir (and the last black and white Cayatte movie). It's gripping from the stressful first scenes to the scary ending, it has a strong cinematographic writing. The story is built around the three characters played by Dany Carrel. If you love Dany Carrel like I do, it's definitely her must see in these three different and opposite characters, one being close to Falconetti in "Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" by Dreyer, and there is even Madeleine Robinson playing Jeanne Murneau, couldn't it be kind of testimony of Cayatte to Black and White? Madeleine Robinson is still great with her tense presence from "une si jolie petite plage" to "les Louves" and others. in her book "l"Annamite", Dany Carrel said she was glad to play these three characters and find actors she had already played with, Jean Gaven and Madeleine Robinson (often as her mother). Journalists and critics loved that movie, but the movie didn't have success in theatres, only on tv some years later.
Author Japrisot is adapted by great Jean Anouilh, so there is a large panel of dialogues for each very opposite characters.
All settings are well chosen, from italian villas to typical french garage (that have mainly disappeared today).