Madame Berthe, a newly widowed 70-year-old miser, has lived a sheltered life married to her husband for some sixty years. She determines to venture into the modern world and have as much fun as possible, and in doing so finds that she loves it. She blows her life savings, much to the disapproval of the young people around her.
Jean, a psychopath, casually witnesses a young woman’s suicide. In his sick mind, he begins to be convinced he murdered her and starts sending letters to newspapers with details of his “murder”, which eventually lead to the police actually searching for him. As he is about to be caught, he meets a young woman Florinda (Bolkan) and the idea of a real crime begins to shatter his disturbed mind.
Charles, a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife’s plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis, to assist him in pulling off one final score, a carefully planned assault on the vault of a Cannes casino. Bad luck and Francis’s lack of professionalism set the caper maddeningly askew, and the stolen cash resurfaces in an unexpected manner.
A young and hapless Antwerp thief, working for a gang led by leather-clad Philippe Clay, quarrels with his boss and kills him during a fight. Enlisting his sister’s help, he tries to get rid of the body in the harbour, – attracting the attention of a night watchman who seeks to profit from the situation.
Mara is the lonely owner of a gas station on a remote road leading to Salina, Mexico in this psychodrama. A young hippie is mistaken for her son who had left four years earlier. He is encouraged to stay and develops an amorous relationship with his supposed sister Billie. He looks into the family history and discovers Billie may have killed her own brother and Mara could very well be covering up the crime.
Barjo is eccentric, naive and obsessive. After he accidentally burns down his house during a “scientific” experiment, he moves in with his impulsive twin sister Fanfan, who is married to Charles “the Aluminum King”. In his new surroundings, Barjo continues his old habits: cataloging old science magazines, testing bizarre inventions and filling his notebooks with his observations about human behavior and his thoughts about the end of the world. Through Barjo’s journals we see the development of conflict and sexual tension between Fanfan and Charles, and the descent of Charles into madness.
Camille, a young, provincial, proletarian man works for Hélène Courtray, who is still beautiful and seductive. She’s a sophisticated, cultivated and well-to-do woman who has engaged him to care for her reclusive son who has spent the past few years voluntarily locked up in his room. An encounter between two persons and two worlds where the relationship of the young man to this closed, strange and unknown universe rapidly turns tradegy.
Film version of David Goodis’ novel has lawyer Juan Milford wanting to run away with exotic dancer Diana Lander. Unfortunately, he’s also a kept, married man by wealthy older woman Amanda Merlino de Milford who promises to provide evidence of his criminal past to the police if he ever leaves her.