Beautiful, troubled Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot) came to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover (Sami Frey). As the trial commences and the lawyers begin tangling over Dominiqueâs fate, Henri-Georges Clouzotâs Oscar-nominated La vÃ©ritÃ©
delves into her past, reconstructing her struggle to find a foothold in the city. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of an impulsive young woman misunderstood and mistreated by those around her, and of her ultimately tragic affair with an up-and-coming conductor. With an astonishing performance by Bardot, Clouzotâs affecting and intricately constructed filmâa huge late-career success for the French masterârenders a harsh verdict against a hypocritical and moralistic society.
- Le scandale Clouzot, a sixty-minute documentary from 2017 on director Henri-Georges Clouzot
- Interview from 1960 with Henri-Georges Clouzot
- Interview with actor Brigitte Bardot from the 1982 documentary Brigitte Bardot telle quâelle
- An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau