La belle captive

Synopsis: Walter is told by his boss, Sara, to deliver an urgent letter to Henri de Corinthe. On the way he finds a beautiful woman he had been eying in a nightclub, lying in the road, bound up. He takes her to a villa to get a doctor, and ends up being locked in a bedroom with her. While she is making love to him, he has visions of surrealistic images from René Magritte's paintings. In the morning, the girl, Marie-Ange, has vanished, the villa looks derelict, and his neck is bleeding. Was it all just a nightmare?
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Director(s): Alain Robbe-Grillet
Production: Koch Vision
  1 nomination.
90 min


A lost night, doubtless like

so many others...

...amidst strangers who pretended

to dance, to laugh...

...whose shadows appeared to step

an uncertain tango... vanish later, at once...

I was alone

I was waiting

I knew not since when,

nor for what

I felt empty, translucent, out of

place among these fake dancers

Perhaps I'd idly drunk too much

The Organization no longer used me,

as if it distrusted me, useless me

I was waiting

I'd like a... tomato-vodka

A Bloody Mary. Yes, sir

Watching, thinking of nothing

A pretty, laughing blonde...

...I'd never seen before in this

club, which I often came to

The tipsy stranger was

being provocative

I said to myself:" "Why not?"...

...thinking I'd nothing to lose

I have no name. I'm sorry,

I've lost it

If I find it, I'll tell you

I have a phone, but it's out of order

You can't call me

You'll only hear: "This number

is not listed"

Well, I'll find you...

when I feel like it

Perhaps tonight... perhaps never...

...or perhaps yesterday

Time doesn't exist for me

What horrible thing are you drinking?

No, she wouldn't tell me her name

Nor give me her phone number

No address, no forename,

no surname

She was having me on

I was wasting my time

It was then that Sara called

You're Walter Naime?

You're wanted on the phone

Yes, chief

Right, chief

In fifteen minutes, usual place

The cemetery crossroads

No, I'll leave now,

I don't need to go home

I've never needed to go home,

nor anywhere...

...since no one expects me anywhere

I was free, as required of agents,

however subordinate...

...working for the Organization

No ties whatsoever, and free

to leave any time

While I was phoning,

my partner had gone...

...and I had no way of finding her

Sara Zeitgeist was waiting

to give me my orders

I could not falter

Good evening, chief

You know Henri de Corinthe?

The senator?

The old majority. Contact him

as soon as possible

You'll find any excuse, any excuse

Tonight if you can.

It's a matter of hours

ls someone in danger?

In a sense, yes

Give him this letter. Make sure

he opens it in front of you

Must he give you a reply?

I think it would be best for him

Good luck!

The night road once again...

the briey illuminated trees

absorbed one irresistibly

I put on the 15th Quartet

Are you injured?

Can you hear me?

Is something broken?

Can you understand me?

If you can't speak, give me

a sign with your eyes...

...or your mouth

I'll help you get up

Can you walk?

I'll take you to a doctor

What's this? We'll remove it later

You're safe now. We'll get into

my car

First, I must take care of you

A fairly long drive,

that passed like a dream

At last I saw the lights of a house

Wait a moment

An injured woman's in my car.

May I phone?

We're saved. You can rest until

a doctor comes

Gentlemen, excuse me, I need

to telephone for a doctor

This lady has been hurt

Monsieur, do you understand?

A charming idea... bring her thus,

her hands chained


- Interesting, don't you think?

- Yes, not bad at all.

The most beautiful of captives

offered here tonight

Yes, but what can she do?

Breaking in has its charms

May I make a bid?

- ls it a regular?

- No, it must be a new one

One must honour first fruits

- How much does he want?

- I think he's found a buyer already

Let him state his figure.

You'll do better, I'm sure

Gentlemen, let me through

What is he making her drink?

I must phone for a doctor

I am a doctor. Doctor Morgentodt

Come, let us find a quieter place

Wait here. I'll fetch my bag,

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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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