"Offbeat, Absorbing, Visually Brilliant!" -Variety
From distinguished British director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) and acclaimed author Jean Genet (The Maids) comes this "exquisitely photographed" (Time) masterpiece of repressed passion and psycho-sexual manipulation. Jeanne Moreau (The Bride Wore Black) delivers a devastating performance with the "quiet authority of a seasoned artist" (The Film Daily) in this "fantastically good" (L.A. Herald-Examiner), remarkable film.
The citizens of a pastoral French community would be shocked to learn that their icy, rigid schoolteacher, respectfully known only as "Mademoiselle," is the unknown sociopath cruelly inflicted acts of destruction in their midst. Secretly obsessed with the Italian logger Manou, the educator channels her thwarted romantic energies into tormenting Manou's son and perpetrating crimes that are blamed on Manou. Unspeakable tragedy is inevitable... when provoked with breathless glee by the unrepentant Mademoiselle.