Isabel arrives in Paris on the day that her pregnant sister, Roxy, is abandoned by her husband. Sticking around, she begins an affair with an older French politician and another with a young writer's assistant
Yet, politically, this astute blend of Melville, Truffaut and Godard was extremely courageous for its time, and its insights into the mindset of both ultra-conservatives and ruthless terrorists have chilling contemporary resonance. Jean-Louis Trintignant is typically imposing as the right-wing activist whose determination to wreak revenge on a traitor within his underground cell drives his actress wife into the arms of a liberal lover.
Deft performances raise a smile here and there, but laughs are scarce and narrative urgency singularly lacking.