L’HOMME QUI MENT (1968)
Un film by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Sylvie Bréal, Zuzana Kocúriková
English: Man who lies
A man named Boris (Jean-Louis Trintignant, whom we have already seen shot to death in the credit sequence, set during World War II) returns to the village where he says he fought in the Underground nobody remembers him. Is he telling the truth he might have fought underground? or might be in this village? Jean might have or have not been betrayed or might or might no live in exile.
To this end, he checks into the unfriendly local inn and makes contact with the castle, Jean’s home, where he lives with his father, an old servant, and three beautiful women (Jean’s wife, his sister, and the maid) living in deep sensuous seclusion. He seduces the maid, and tells endless different versions of his story. Robbe-Grillet has always done his own film not like everybody else. He has a different view of every day life and some good imagination. Jean here dies several time in the film he always miraculously escape.The young women, with their passive pretty faces, their alluring glances, so pointedly indicate eroticism as almost never to be erotic.It is an unusual film here not for everyone. It is a nice piece of art film I must say.