Tale of a country cousin trying to make it in the big city, and destroyed in the process, gets offbeat treatment from promising new and youthful director Claude Chabrol. It develops into a looksee at a certain restless youth.
The country cousin, Charles (Gerard Blain), comes to stay with his worldly, decadent cousin, Paul (Jean-Claude Brialy). His attempts at love and exams fail while his indolent, debauched cousin gets all.
Chabrol has gone in for a little too much symbolism. The characters sometimes remain murky and literary rather than real form. But concise progression, fine technical aspects, and the look at innocence destroyed by the profane keeps it absorbing, despite the slightly pretentious treatment at times.