Synopsis: A film director, Jean, his producer, Marc, and his assistant, Lucette, board the Trans-Europ-Express in Paris bound for Antwerp. Once in their compartment it occurs to them that the drama of life aboard the train presents possibilities for a film, and they begin to write a script about dope smuggling.
Genre: Thriller
105 min


A diamond is created in three

main stages:

cutting, shaping and polishing.

The cutting is done with discs

glazed with powdered diamonds.

The shaping is achieved by

rubbing together

two freshly cut diamonds.

Abrasives are used for polishing.

There are 4 kinds of diamonds: brillant,

briolet, pendloque and table.

Let's compromise. I keep the drugs

and abandon the theft of the suitcase.

- Would you like to sit here?

- Yes, thank you.

- Where do we begin?

- The customs part.

Belgian customs.

Anything to declare?

Elias safely arrives in Antwerp

with his trick suitcase.

He moves fast.

I want a room, please.

Are you going for a walk?

It's a very interesting town.

You must be waiting for

Father Petitjean.

No, I know that he is not back

from his trip yet.

If you want news of him, be at 8

sharp tomorrow at Zeuter Terrace.

Could you give me an advance on

what you owe me?

If you have no use for the scarf,

give it to me.

Are you looking for something,


Will you buy me a drink?

- You are not very talkative.

- I'm in a hurry.

Liar, you've been hanging around

for a quarter of an hour.

- That's why I am late.

- Where are you going?

- Who was the guy you spoke with?

- A vice cop.

He asked me if I have seen any

prostitutes around here.

- And you, what do you do for a living?

- I'm an assassin.

- Professional?

- No, amateur.

Semi-professional, actually.

- You're funny.

- You don't believe me?

I do. Why can't there be

funny assassins?

Do you know who that guy is?

He is also a vice cop.

No. He is an actor dressed as

a cafe owner.

Do you want to go to my place?

I'm good, you know.

- No, I'm not interested.

- What interests you then?

Rape. Only rape.

All right. But it's more expensive,


- Why don't you wait in the window,

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Alain Robbe-Grillet

Alain Robbe-Grillet (French: [a.lɛ̃ ʁɔb ɡʁi.jɛ]; 18 August 1922 – 18 February 2008) was a French writer and filmmaker. He was one of the figures most associated with the Nouveau Roman (new novel) trend of the 1960s, along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor and Claude Simon. Alain Robbe-Grillet was elected a member of the Académie française on 25 March 2004, succeeding Maurice Rheims at seat No. 32. He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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