In this engrossing character study, French new wave director Claude Chabrol presents a complex narrative based on a novel by Georges Simenon in which two women form a dependent bond on a rainy evening. Rescuing the broken-down Betty (Marie Trintignant) from a seedy suitor, glamorous Laure (Stéphane Audran) brings her back to her hotel, where the bedraggled woman recounts a sordid past through flashbacks filled with abandonment, alcohol and angst.

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