Chabrol's film stars Stephane Audran, Jean Pierre Cassel, Michel Bouquet. Helene is a good mother with a checkered past as a stripper and barmaid. She divorces her ne'er-do-well husband and her in-laws blame her for causing her husband's addiction and set out to remove their grandchild from Helene's custody. Thwarted by the courts, they hire a seedy penniless operative, Paul, to destroy her reputation.
Michel Bouquet,Jean-Pierre Cassel,Jean-Claude Drouot,Catherine Rouvel,Stephane Audran