In this darkly fascinating tale, Brisseau takes the most unsympathetic character imaginable, the child killer, and pleads his case. Professor Tessier (Bruno Cremer), a scientist, has a rebellious adolescent daughter, who is paralysed from the waist down. His fury about her plight may be behind his earlier murderous spree against children who vandalised his laboratory. Tessier's treatment of his daughter is strict to the point of sadism. Nonetheless, he evokes pity as much as revulsion. He's a shy, taciturn figure who has lost his moral bearings. Resolutely avoiding serial-killer movie conventions, Brisseau has crafted a mesmerising character study, anchored by stunning performances from Emmanuelle Debever and Bruno Cremer. A troubling and haunting early feature from France's most notorious auteur.