Cast & Crew
Olivier, a restless young man, hesitates to become involved with Barbara, an aspiring actress who loves him. She introduces him to a group of wealthy, pleasure-mad idlers living on the Côte d'Azur. Their leader, the cynical Maddy, suggests to his mistress, Elke, that she seduce the newcomer and thereby make him an intimate member of the group. At a party aboard a yacht, Olivier resists Elke's advances, explaining that he craves more than physical satisfaction. His confession elicits a genuine feeling of warmth in Elke; this, in turn, sparks a spirit of rivalry between Olivier and Maddy. To settle the matter, the two men engage in a test of daring by jumping blind-folded from a moving crane onto the top of a building under construction. Olivier misses his footing but is unexpectedly saved by Maddy. Elke and Maddy realize the futility of their lives and decide to reform, while Olivier returns to the uncomplicated Barbara.
Grisha M. Dabat
Opened in Paris in March 1962 as Douce violence; running time: 88 min. Also known as Sweet Violence. One U. S. source lists Les Films du Griffon, Max Pecas' firm, as production company, while other sources credit Paris Inter Productions and Contact Organisation.