Cinema: A Piece of Truth

UNE PARTIE DE PLAISIR

Directed by CLAUDE CHABROL

Screenplay by PAUL GEGAUFF

He is an intellectual—precise occupation unspecified—whose handsome face is marred by the arrogant and spoiled curve of his mouth. She is pretty in a sensible sort of way. They have the obligatory child. When we meet them they are enjoying a walk on an offshore island. That evening, in their tasteful country home, he admits to having some affairs—no more significant to him, he says, than a cigarette or a drink—and suggests that she might take casual pleasure in such shenanigans. Mr....