On a hot summer afternoon

on the Briare Canal...

A wagoner...

Olivier Maldone

A gypsy girl...


At the sluice gate.

Still having your eye on the girls...

You're not 20 years anymore.

Days are all alike...

The clairvoyant Missia

Much happiness...

But... it might happen that

somebody stole something from you.

In the mountains is the Ponds Estate,

that Olivier Maldone would have owned

today if he hadn't quit the family

manor in a fit of anger 20 years ago.

The only ones living there now are

Marcellin Maldone, Olivier's younger brother;

Juste, their uncle...

...and Leonard, the old family servant.

At the Marine tavern.

Put a buck in the hand...

And another one.

Your enemy is inside you.

I see a man and his enemy

in the same man...

A vagabond...

A rich man...

One of them must destroy the other.

Marcellin Maldone was

returning to the estate...

Give me your hand, Zita.

It's my turn to tell fortunes.

I see a gypsy girl

who is a gypsy girl...

...and her DESTINY...

My past... Bah! It's long

gone, who remembers me by now?

After Marcellin's death.

Leonard, I have finally received some

informations. There are traces of

he who is missing, Olivier is still

alive; he should be in

the St-Jean I'Ecluse area,

on the Briare canal.

Olivier is the owner of the estate.

He must be brought here at any price.

In the local train that stops

at St-Jean I'Ecluse.

Impossible to find one's way

in these flat landscapes!

The big dance at St-Jean

at sunday night.

There is no way to dance to this!

The old man is putting us to sleep.

Grab the accordeon, Maldone,

and make us swirl!

And now,

let's play a medley!

Ouch, that Maldone really plays

like a madman!

Tracing Olivier Maldone.

At the break of day...

You are sole master of the Estate.

I have come to seek you.

Back at the family estate, Maldone,

who seems to have settled with his

heritage, has married Flora Lvign,

daughter of a rich neighbouring landowner.

Three years have passed since

the union took place.

Already the trelldom of wealth and

contentment is weighing heavily on him.

While his uncle Juste devotes

himself to his favorite hobby...

...Olivier travels through his

estate on horse.

Olivier, why are you so restless

while free of all worry?

Why do you make Flora unhappy? You

should distract yourselves, travel...

Olivier only gets along with the hired

farmhands, who ressemble so

much the people he used to

know in his former life.

Olivier has followed Juste's advice; he

travels with Flora to escape his restlessness.

But you can't escape destiny...

Do you know who

that lady is?

That's Zita, Monsieur, the dancer,

star of the casino.

That night Flora returned

to the hotel alone.

No... here...

that's not possible...

Delighted to have dined with the past, my

dear. But... I have my life to attend to...

5 o'clock in the morning...

Olivier and Flora return to the Ponds,

but Maldone is constantly haunted.

A strike of madness passed

through Olivier's mind.

Am I turning mad?

I'm not a bad man, Flora, but I

have brought you unhappiness.

This whole thing must end.

Olivier is constantly restless. Everything

leads him back to his obsession...

Every night the prison of

contentment closes in on him...

The next day...

Your behavior is intolerable.

I am protecting Flora's happiness.

What are you, after all? A vagabond,

an adventurer of the road, a...

I have brought trouble and misery

here. Forget me, forgive me.

My duty is to go away, to leave

this place in the hands of those

who are able to ensure happiness

and peace here.

One of them must destroy the other.

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