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L'Enfer Review

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The adventures of two unemployable misfits who live in alcohol fuelled squalor in a Parisian flat.

★★★★★

Working from a script by Henri-Georges Clouzot (of Les Diaboliques fame), Claude Chabrol indulges his passion for Hitchcockian mischief in this story of a country hotelier whose inability to accept his wife's love tips him into insane jealousy.

Chabrol exploits Emmanuelle Beart's radiant sensuality as shrewdly as he manipulates Francois Cluzet's self-lacerating suspicion. But his cunning concealment of the truth can't disguise the melodramatic nature and psychological shallowness of this otherwise polished diversion.

A cunning concealment of the truth can't disguise the melodramatic nature and psychological shallowness of this otherwise polished diversion.