Adapting a script by Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear, Diabolique) that Clouzot didn’t live long enough to film, Claude Chabrol dives into this story of obsessive and paranoid jealousy with a great deal of style and confidence, and one is waiting breathlessly for a second act or some sort of denouement when, alas, the film simply ends. The story, set on Lake Saint-Ferreol in Lauraguais, France, takes place largely in the mind of the recent purchaser of a deluxe resort hotel, who starts to suspect irrationally that his newlywed wife (played by Emmanuelle Beart) is having sex with a nearby garage mechanic; his fears grow as his imagination runs amok. (The title means hell.) With Francois Cluzet and Nathalie Cardone. (JR)

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