Cast & Crew
Frédéric De Pasquale
At 7 o'clock on a Sunday morning, Henri Pescourt goes off for a day's hunting trip, leaving his wife, Marianne, asleep in their elegant apartment. The maid also leaves, promising to return by 6 to help prepare for a small dinner party that evening. Marianne is about to take a bath when the doorbell rings. Slipping into a robe, she opens the front door and is confronted by a man--Walter--holding a gun. After chloroforming Marianne, he places her on the couch and ties her arms and legs. When she regains consciousness, Walter informs her that he is keeping her incommunicado until "it's all over" and assures her that if she remains quiet nothing will happen to her. During the course of their conversations there are intimations that her husband may be in danger, but Walter remains noncommittal, averring that he is simply carrying out orders. When the phone rings every half hour, he assures the caller that everything is alright. Eventually, he unties Marianne, and she reluctantly prepares a meal for them. Although attracted by the man's intelligent and sympathetic manner, Marianne attempts to call the police, but she is stopped when Walter fires a shot and shatters a vase next to her. He leads her to the bedroom, and soon they are making passionate love. Henri calls to announce that he is on his way home, and Walter leaves, saying that his job is finished. After cleaning up the broken vase, Marianne begins preparing for the party. At 7 o'clock that evening, Walter arrives as one of the expected guests and is treated normally by both Marianne and Henri. That night, as Henri sleeps beside her, Marianne is restless. She tells him that a package arrived for him; he stirs and indicates that it can wait until morning. When the doorbell rings, she goes to answer it and finds Walter standing in the open doorway.
Frédéric De Pasquale
Filmed in Stockholm. Opened in Paris in December 1967; also known in France as Le viol ou un amour fou. Opened in Stockholm in April 1968 as Övergreppet. Also known as The Rape.