A troubled young artist has a secret pastime: playing peeping tom with his beautiful neighbor. One day, he finally admits he has been spying on her, only to find she repays the obsession, ferociously. She leaves her fiancé, who turns out to be more insanely jealous than either of them. When the jilted fiancé disappears, the young artist is suspected of murder which is only the beginning of his problems. Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, Cry of the Owl presents the great Claude Chabrol at the top of his form, balancing suspense with arch psychological observation.