Synopsis: The wife and mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school's filthy swimming pool... but when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared - and subsequent reported sightings of the headmaster slowly drive his 'killers' (and the audience) up the wall with almost unbearable suspense...
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Production: Kino Lorber Inc.
  4 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min


A certain morality colours...

...every portrait that is tragic...

...and renders what it depicts abhorrent

Barbey d'Aurevilly


it's about time for the bell

Go ahead. l'll do the unloading

-This stuff's rotten

-You're not paying

Line up. No talking

-Delightful brats

-Roll on end ofterm

Eyes giving you trouble?

l stumbled getting up

You're very early

At four a.m. l heard raised voices

from your room

A virtuous woman does enjoy

the sunrise

You spent too long with the Jesuits

We teachers can't all get sacked


Thank you, my dear

How pretty

We need holidays

to cleanse our systems

l'll spend our three-day break naked.

How about you?

l'm going home to Niort

l know the place

Keeping cool, Headmistress?

lt wafts me the scent of my native land

These rainy days, l prefer

my old umbrella

ln my country you'd exchange it

for a straw sombrero,

and recline in a hammock

Was that true ofyour teacher, Jos?

Yes, sir, and he rode a horse

l'd never get used to that

l was being nice to him

lt was really a mule

Go and play, Joselito

What's up with you?

Ofcourse Michel; who else?

-Quarrelling again?

-He came in at three a.m.

How did you stand him so long?

He made me happy at first

You got your money's worth

Don't try to be nasty;

it's hard enough for us both

l may be old-fashioned,

but l'm amazed by this attitude

The lawful wife drying

the favourite's tears

l must go; l'm supervising break today

With your heart,

you should let others do the work

l've something to show you

What are you up to?


As the boys always say

Kiss me

-Haven't you noticed?

-Still cross about that?

No kiss for hubby, Cri-Cri?

Aren't you supervising break today?

-l said not to; she isn't well

-Fresh air is just what she needs

Look at those shoes

l always tell her to buy

good, stout clod-hoppers

-Pretty things aren't for invalids

-l'm not an invalid

You know she's delicate

Arriving from Caracas, she was

Now she's a ruin

She'll bury us all;

ruins are indestructible

Go away and play

She was sniffing a little brown bottle,

and it wasn't scent

They're boozers; that's why

they're always together

-What was in the bottle?

-Whisky, stupid

Please... l don't want to talk about it

Patard, ifyou want to draw,

you can spend the holiday here

Monsieur Patard, you heard

the Headmistress; no holiday for you

l didn't mean to punish him

Then you shouldn't have made

the threat

He did an excellent

English composition

That's no excuse for defacing buildings

l'll feel no remorse

l can't... l hadn't even the courage

to divorce him

So you do still love him?

-No. You wouldn't understand

-Am l so stupid?

Divorce is a mortal sin

Carrying a knife about...

wasn't that a mortal sin?

l was mad with jealousy.

Plotting like this is different

Please yourself, but we'll never have

a better chance

Everyone will think you're in Niort

with me

-You don't believe in hell, do you?

-Not since l was seven

l do

-More fish?

-lt's not more, it's leftovers

Fry me some eggs

l've doused it in vinegar and shallots

The fish still stinks pretty high

No, thank you. l'm not hungry

Sauces are too rich for my liver

May l crave a glass ofwine,


You've had two

Only one, Headmaster

Very well

-What's wrong? A bone?

-No, l told you l wasn't hungry

Swallow it

l can't get it down

Swallow it

Fish good, Monsieur Raymond?

Excellent, Headmaster

l find it... extremely nourishing

Restive, aren't they?

Silence, or no holiday!

Everyone's looking... swallow it

lt's revolting

l'm not referring to the fish, either

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