) is a 1952 French film directed by Jacques Becker
. It is a Belle Époque
tragedy, the story of an ill-fated love affair between characters played by Simone Signoret
and Serge Reggiani
Marie (Simone Signoret
), a woman of considerable beauty, is distressed at her treatment by Roland, a criminal who is a part of a local syndicate. When Marie is introduced to the handsome stranger Georges, she falls in love with him instantly, much to the chagrin of Roland. When Roland's jealousy builds after a number of meetings between Marie and Georges, Roland decides to confront Georges behind a club where a number members of his syndicate watch. After Georges gains control of a knife that had been thrown between them to initiate the fight, George manages to stab Roland in the back after a brief scuffle, killing him almost instantly. When the police arrive at the scene everyone flees, including Marie, who seeks refuge away from the syndicate at a nearby village.
After Georges inquires into Marie's whereabouts, he finds her at this village and the two live an idyllic life until he is brought word that a friend, Raymond, had been arrested for the murder of Roland after Félix, another member of the syndicate, placed blame on him in an attempt to bring Georges out of hiding and seek revenge. Not realizing this plan, Georges confesses to the police that he is the real killer. When Georges realizes Félix's plan, he breaks free after being transported... Read More