A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running away, from two killers.


Claire : Charlotte Rampling
Louis Delage : Bruno Cremer
Mme Wegener : Edwige Feuillère
Lady Vamos : Simone Signoret
one of the brothers Bérékian : François Simon
one of the brothers Bérékian : Hans-Christian Blech
crazy girl from the train station : Alida Valli
Marcucci : Hugues Quester
Delage's Mother : Ève Francis
the doctor : Pierre Asso
Arnaud : Rémy Germain
the gardener : Robert Baillard
Roland Bertin, Günter Meisner, Marie-Louise Ebeli, Micheline Bona


A film by Patrice Chéreau
Screenplay by : Jean-Claude Carrière et Patrice Chéreau
Adapted from the novel by James Hadley Chase
Cinematography : Pierre Lhomme
Sound : Harald Maury
Original music : Fiorenzo Carpi
Production design : Richard Peduzzi
Editing : Pierre Gillette
Produced by : Vincent Malle

Production information

Co-Production O.R.T.F.,  Les Films de l’Astrophore, Paris Cannes Production, Oceania Produzioni, T.I.T. Filmproduktion, Les Films Méric, V.M. Productions
Restaured by Pyramide Productions with the support of the CNC.

Technical information

Year of production : 1975
Length : 120 mn

Festivals and awards

César 1976 : nomination au César des meilleurs décors (Richard Peduzzi) et au César de la meilleure photographie (Pierre Lhomme)