Perhaps best known as the writer of Alain Resnais' classic cine-conundrum 'Last Year in Marienbad', and as a leading novelist in the nouveau roman movement, Alain Robbe-Grillet was the director of a number of playful, stylish and controversial films which starred such icons of French cinema as Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert. Impossible to see for decades, these enigmatic, erotically charged films have now been collected together for the very first time.
The Immortal One (1963) A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly passionate relationship she disappears. The sad man is unable to locate her as all the local Turkish people pretend not to remember any such woman. He suddenly finds her again (she finds him?) and before she can explain her disappearance she is killed in a car crash while he is in the passenger seat. He replays the accident over and over in his mind trying to remember how she died if he caused the accident himself by grabbing the wheel.
Trans-Europ-Express (1966) This stylish, cult erotic thriller stars French new wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant and Marie-France Pisier. Trintignant plays a drug courier smuggling a stash of cocaine from Paris to Antwerp on the Trans-Europ-Express. Matters are complicated by surreal encounters with police, three filmmakers who are also on the train making a film about drug traffickers, and erotic-fantasy sequences featuring Pisier being bound and subjected to Trintignant's will.