An important new French director, Claude Chabrol, is unveiled in this pic. Chabrol used his own money and made this feature entirely on location in his old home town.Recovering from an illness, a young man goes back to his home town. Here he finds an old friend has becomes a hopeless alcoholic. He at first blames it on his wife but then finds that the boy’s disorientation comes from a stillborn, idiotic first child and the general provincialism and lack of moral or spiritual strength in the small, inbred town. Technically excellent, pic was brought in for $150,000.