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Where the Truth Lies (1962)

Maléfices (original title)
Did Myriam cast a spell on Catherine ?



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Credited cast:
Myriam Heller
François Rauchelle
Catherine Rauchelle
Mathé Mansoura ...
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François is a vet surgeon on the Noirmoutier island .He is married to Catherine .One day ,he is called by a mysterious attractive woman,Myriam ,whose leopard is sick.They become lovers. But Myriam lived in Africa for years and she seems to have maleficent powers.Besides ,she is a jealous possessive woman who wants to keep François for herself alone.She owns a strange statuette which might cast a spell on someone who's on the way ,François 's wife for instance.And Catherine falls suddenly seriously ill. Written by dbdumonteil

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October 1962 (USA)  »

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Where the Truth Lies  »

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Mystery Island
30 October 2017 | by (France) – See all my reviews

If you loved "Les Diaboliques" and "Vertigo", thanks to Boileau-Narcejac stories and masters Clouzot and Hitchcock direction, you'll necessarily love "Maléfices" adapted from the same authors and directed by another master of French Film Noir, Henri Decoin ("Non Coupable", "La Fille Du Diable", "Enre Onze Heures Et Minuit", "La Vérité Sur Bébé Donge", "Razzia Sur La Chnouf", "l'Affaire Des Poisons" among the best ones, often written by himself). "Maléfices" is a bewitching love story, a real spiral to damnation, set on an island linked to the french Atlantic coast with the famous Passage du Gois, long road sometimes covered by the high tide with shelters all along for people who didn't watch for the hours of the high tide. Even if the casting isn't as great as in "Les Diaboliques", everybody's fully convincing, Juliette Gréco in first place. "Maléfices" is another unknown gem of French Film Noir, unforgettable.

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