The City of Lights has a heart of darkness for successful actress Jeanne Balibar, who returns home to Paris as the star of an Italian theater company. Still feeling burned by an old flame, she is faced with a choice between her ex, Professor Pompous, and the new guy, Director Dour. But, of course, nothing's that simple in a French movie. Everybody has an angle, and every complication has a complication.
Before too long, we have a duel with quarts of vodka, a lover locked in a closet and a sexy jewel heist. With a play-within-a-play and Italian and French actors trysting up a storm, even the subtitles need subtitles as New Wave director Jacques Rivette makes sure there's more than enough subtext to go around. The wonder of it is that he weaves it all together in a leisurely tangle of love triangles, gorgeous actors, beautiful art direction and flawless cinematography. Ah, the French.