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The Cheaters(1961)

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Bob Letellier, a student from a well-to-do family, drifts into the company of a group of Left Bank Parisians united by a common determination to defy social and moral conventions. At a party given by Clo, the promiscuous daughter of an aristocratic family, the young people dance to American jazz records. Bob gets drunk, is seduced by his hostess, and afterwards becomes enamored of her best friend, nicknamed Mic. The attraction is mutual, but the couple hide their romantic feelings since the code of the group denies the existence of love. Mic becomes involved in a blackmail scheme that will bring her enough money to realize her life's ambition--to purchase a British sports car. Bob's reluctance to assist in the project is interpreted as cowardice by Mic. Finally he goes through with the scheme, but when he delivers the money he finds Mic in bed with the cynical Alain. Outraged, Bob hurls the money at Mic, denounces her, and storms out. A short time later, he and Mic meet at another of Clo's parties. The group play the "game of truth," in which they are cross-examined by Alain. Eager to hurt Bob, Mic states that Alain is a much better lover than Bob. Bob counters by denying that he ever loved Mic and then announces that he will marry the pregnant Clo. Stunned, Mic rushes out of the apartment and speeds off in her car. Bob races after her, screaming that he cheated at the game of truth. Mic cannot hear him, however, and she is killed as her car crashes into a gasoline truck.