A sexually adventurous young woman approaches Antonio, an Italian art-restorer working at a cathedral in France. He resists getting involved with her but later he finds out she was raped and murdered in a derelict house.

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Antonio Berti
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Robert Maurisson
Roland Dubillard ...
Commissaire Guérin
Gisèle Préville ...
Louise Maurisson
Sandra Dobrigna ...
Cathy Massys
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Le père de Cathy
Gérard Hoffman ...
L'inspecteur Henri Marquet
Madeleine Colin ...
Mademoiselle Valentine
Consuelo Ferrara ...
Hélène
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Le beau-frère de Maurisson
Dominique Zardi ...
Moignard
Dany Bernard ...
Un chasseur
Youri Radionow ...
Un chasseur
Henri Attal ...
Le garde-chasse
Sophie Lautman ...
Nathalie
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Le peintre Antonio Berti est appelé à Reims par son ami Robert Maurisson pour restaurer les peintures de la cathédrale. Robert aime les jeunes filles, même s'il est un notable réputé. Et justement, il tue l'une d'entre elles. Sur la scène du crime se trouve aussi son ami Antonio, qui d'abord ne comprend pas ce qui vient de se passer et ensuite ne parle pas à cause de l'amitié qui le lie à Robert. Mais le commissaire Guerin l'inculpe du délit et Robert demande du temps pour s'enfuir, mais ... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Jean-Pierre Mocky confessed that Alberto Sordi's character should have been played by Jean Gabin but Gabin died before the shooting of the movie started. See more »

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Chabrolesque.
27 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

When Jean -Pierre Mocky tries,his works resemble Claude Chabrol's.Such is the case of 'the témoin" which is his best film since "l'albatros" (1971).Here there is a true screenplay,no could-not-care-less directing and the results are satisfying.It takes some time to get off,but after about thirty minutes,the movie hits its stride,and it will remain interesting till the very end.

Noiret killed a Lolita who used to pose(an angel!) for Sordi,a painter in charge of restoring a church.Sordi knows that.Then a good psychological suspense begins ,enhanced by an angelic choir in the church.

There are good lines too:

Superintendent:"this crime can have been committed by anybody!"

Noiret:"Only a sex maniac could do such a thing!"

Superintendent:"That's what I said:anybody could!"


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