Georges (Jean-Paul Belmondo) patiently awaits his inheritance while nurturing his love for his cousin Charlotte (Geneviève Bujold). But after discovering that his guardian uncle has frittered away his fortune and betrothed Charlotte to another suitor, Georges responds by burglarizing the family of his beloved's fiancé. The robbery is so exhilarating that Georges embarks on a crime spree, believing himself a righteous crusader against a bloated bourgeoisie.
Philippe Met is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his other interests, he studies the relationship between film and literature. He recently edited The Cinema of Louis Malle, Transatlantic Auteur (Columbia University Press, 2019).