Directed by Claude Chabrol
It is remarkable how little happens in this film, since it has such an intriguing premise. It's like if someone wearing a beanie hat and a halter top turned out to be dull with no back story. It cuts a lot deeper than most dull movies when you are teased like this. Bastards.
Helene is a beautiful teacher who begins to fall for the butcher, Popaul, who may or may not be the local serial killer who preys on young women. Helene must decide whether or not she trusts Popaul or if he is even worth the trouble at all. Now, doesn't that sound interesting? I repeat, those bastards.
I will say that the character of Helene was very interesting. She is painted as the picture perfect school teacher, but you can tell that she is repressing something dark, sexual, or possibly both. On the other hand, the character of Popaul got on my nerves. I won't go into too much detail since that would give away the ending, but let's just say I didn't appreciate the director seemingly shaming Helene for not being more sexually open.
I am probably making this sound worse than it is. It is an interesting idea but I have seen a lot films pull off similar premises so much better.
Referenced Strangers on a Train.