While traveling to a resort in Tunisia, the magician and clairvoyant Professor Vestar befriends the idle millionaire Edouard Vangard and he offers a ride in his car. Vestar discloses to Edouard that he had had a premonition of a woman being murdered in a desert area. Meanwhile, the Tunisian architect and engineer Sadry Fahres has relationship problems with his spoiled wife Sylvia, who refuses to visit her mother-in-law that is terminal. Sadry meets his former mistress Martine and she travels with him to visit his mother, rekindling their passion. Edouard observes the behavior of the trio of lover and decides to help the vision of Professor Vestar to come true, intriguing each one of them to force the murder.
Director: Claude Chabrol. AKA Death Rite
Stars: Franco Nero, Stefania Sandrelli, Jean Rochefort, Gert Fröbe, Gila von Weitershausen, Moheddine Mrad, Jalila Baccar, Madame Ben Chadly, Habib Chaari, Cecile Labussiere.
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Note: Not among Chabrol’s best films but definitely one of his rarest ones, this copy I believe is sourced from a Brazilian VHS hence it comes with Portuguese subtitles embedded, quality is OK, there’s also a Spanish DVD available but doesn’t come with subs and that one is dubbed either in Italian or Spanish, could the original French version be lost? Seems likely.
Very good indeed, thanks Jon !