A strange and beautiful variation on Hitchcock's Vertigo, French director Andre Techine's Barocco stars Isabelle Adjani as the girlfriend of a boxer (Gerard Depardieu) who's being paid to smear a political candidate. But when the blackmail goes wrong and the boxer is killed, his killer (Gerard Depardieu) follows Adjani, seeking the boxer's money ... but slowly he becomes obsessed with Adjani, and she in turn decides to remake him into her dead lover.
Reading the official synopsis above I can recognise the plot. It may be that the translation doesn't do it justice but I couldn't follow it during the film. At one point Depardieu shoots himself or at least a double of himself through a window. I thought that was important but it seems it was just a way of getting him to play two very similar parts in the same film. Too confusing. The political smearing does not obviously bear any relationship to the boxers fame and why should it?