Les espions

Synopsis: A psychiatrist, desperate for money to keep his faltering practice running, makes a deal with a spy to hide a mysterious person in his clinic in return for a million francs. As soon as the deal is struck his place is overrun by spies from both East and West, all in search of a renegade nuclear scientist. The psychiatrist's own sanity starts to break down as he submitted to unmitigated surveillance and deception.
125 min


Hey, Doctor! Can I borrow

your moped for five minutes?

Of course, Louis.

The boss went to Paris with the 2CV.

I've got to get the bread.

- The spark plug is on the blink.

- Never mind, I'll pedal.

- I'll bring it back.

- I'll get it after dinner.


- Well, Doctor?

- We have to pay before the 15th.

- Not a day more.

- We're in a real mess!

If it was just me...

but there are the patients.

By the 15th, Mr Valette

will have finished his rest cure.

Once he's detoxified,

he won't care what happens to you.

- How was he today?

- He was given drugs. He's asleep.

And what will become of Lucie?

If you didn't believe her play-acting,

she'd have spoken a while ago.

If only I had the money.

There are a lot of things to do here.

Money? This place would cost

millions in plumbing and painting.

- There's no wine?!

- You finished it at lunch.

- Couldn't you by some more?

- We owe the store money.

I'm fed up of being insulted

by the shopkeepers!

Here's 100 francs.

Go get some.

No way! I'm finished for today.

You can drink water. It won't harm you.

I'm not hungry.

Have dinner without me, Mrs Andr.

You're not going to the pub

at this time?!

I'm not going to the pub,

I'm going to buy the newspaper.

- Louis.

- One Muscadet!

So, Mr Bargeau, what's the news?

Not nice! A 20% rise on alcohol.

I may as well shut up shop.

You wanted those men in power.

They won by 25 votes.

Your vote was among them.

- Would you vote for those clowns?

- Me? I don't have an opinion.

I don't have an opinion either,

I have a till.

They held a meeting here.

They spoke well and promised lots.

- Once elected, they do the opposite.

- Haven't you understood yet?

The doctor's right.

And he's a smart fellow. He has studied.

- Can I make a phone call?

- Yes, we'll get you a line.

It's paid.

But I voted for the left.

And they followed right-wing policies,

as usual.

It's always pacifists who declare wars.

It's natural.

Natural?! It's dishonest,

a breach of trust. We should sue them!

To get your ballot paper reimbursed?

You may as well draw lots.

This is the reasoning

of a bourgeois anarchist.

No, it's the reasoning of a man

who has no time to lose.

I want to be left alone to work in peace!

Without these ridiculous taxes.

- Good night.

- Good night.


It was a bad telephone line,

but I'm sure of the address.

It's in Argenteuil.

Charge the night fare.

Your clients are richer than you.

As if I'm used to

working for a pittance!

There's no loony here,

except you maybe!

Leave him, Gaston.

It must be a prank.

If I find out who sent me here,

I'll give him what for!

Dr Malic?

I'm the one who called.

- You? But what the...

- Colonel Howard.

US Institute of Psychological War.

Sorry, Colonel.

Sorry for taking you

to such a gloomy place.

I randomly picked a street on a map.

- You were in the bar earlier.

- I couldn't speak to you there.

What I have to tell you is top secret.

We've been watching you

for a long time in the...

How do you say in French?

Why don't they put

those unfortunate creatures to sleep?

I can't stand seeing an animal suffer.

- You're not feeling well, Colonel?

- Excuse me, it's the smell of blood.

It makes me sick.

That may explain why

I'm in the special services.

I would have been a very bad soldier.

The smell of bombarded cities in '44...

I could still smell it 10,000 feet high!

This is awful.

I was listening to you earlier.

You don't seem to have

clear-cut political views.

To have political views at my age

would be childish.

I'm a practical man.

I would even say... cynical.

Your business

isn't going very well... why?

Because I'm bad

at advertising myself.

Good for you. It's precisely

because you're discreet, honest

and you only have two patients,

one of which is a mute,

that we thought of you in the...

main branches.

And because there's

no woman in your life.

Having a wife

and not being able to spoil her is unfair.

Dr Malic, you're the kind of man I like.

Do you want to earn five million?

Are you serious?

I've got one million in my pocket.

You'll get the rest

at the end of the operation.

And... what will I have to do?

Nothing illegal... or degrading.

- Come and wash your hands.

- What?

Come and wash your hands.


We have a very valuable agent.

An irreplaceable fellow.

Certain countries would pay millions

to get hold of him,

just to talk to him

with no witnesses for an hour.

Could you hospitalise him

for a few days?

- I'd be glad to.

- That's all we ask of you.

- Is that all?

- That's all.

Just shut up and don't interfere.

Put this in your pocket.

- Are you having second thoughts?

- Kind of.

It's the first time I'm earning money

for doing nothing.

It's a bit of an adventure.

We must celebrate our agreement.

- It's the last one, then.

- The last one.

To Alex.

He's really called Alex?

You're too curious. You shouldn't be.

It could become very dangerous.

Don't say anything, don't hear

anything, don't see anything.

- I'm bound to see him.

- Not his face.

You mustn't.

It's for your safety.

Our enemies could try

to kidnap you to make you talk.

You're joking?

This is France, not Chicago.

Yes, but in France, there are people

from Chicago, Madrid and Moscow.

Believe me,

they'll send some rough types.

How would they find me

in my old clinic?

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Henri-Georges Clouzot

Henri-Georges Clouzot (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ʁi ʒɔʁʒ kluzo]; (1907-11-20)20 November 1907 – (1977-01-12)12 January 1977) was a French film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best remembered for his work in the thriller film genre, having directed The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques, which are critically recognized to be among the greatest films from the 1950s. Clouzot also directed documentary films, including The Mystery of Picasso, which was declared a national treasure by the government of France. Clouzot was an early fan of the cinema and, desiring a career as a writer, moved to Paris. He was later hired by producer Adolphe Osso to work in Berlin, writing French-language versions of German films. After being fired from German studios due to his friendship with Jewish producers, Clouzot returned to France, where he spent years bedridden after contracting tuberculosis. Upon recovering, Clouzot found work in Nazi occupied France as a screenwriter for the German-owned company Continental Films. At Continental, Clouzot wrote and directed films that were very popular in France. His second film Le Corbeau drew controversy over its harsh look at provincial France and Clouzot was fired from Continental before its release. As a result of his association with Continental, Clouzot was barred by the French government from filmmaking until 1947. After the ban was lifted, Clouzot reestablished his reputation and popularity in France during the late 1940s with successful films including Quai des Orfèvres. After the release of his comedy film Miquette et sa mère, Clouzot married Véra Gibson-Amado, who would star in his next three feature films. In the early and mid-1950s, Clouzot drew acclaim from international critics and audiences for The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques. Both films would serve as source material for remakes decades later. After the release of La Vérité, Clouzot's wife Véra died of a heart attack and Clouzot's career suffered due to depression, illness and new critical views of films from the French New Wave. Clouzot's career became less active in later years, limited to a few television documentaries and two feature films in the 1960s. Clouzot wrote several unused scripts in the 1970s and died in Paris in 1977. more…

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