Un soir… par hasard (1963)

aka One Night… by Accident
Article 3051 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-14-2009
Posting Date: 12-21-2009
Directed by Ivan Govar
Featuring Annette Vadim, Michel Le Royer, Jean Servais
Country: France / Belgium
What it is: Mystery thriller with science fiction and possible Gizmo Maguffin overtones

An atomic scientist has a motorcycle accident. When he awakes, he finds himself in the castle of a man who claims to have brought him back from the dead. The scientist ends up falling in love with his host’s mistress. However, everything may not be what it seems.

Since my print is in unsubtitled French, I found it necessary to hunt around for some plot descriptions to help me sort this one out; the plot description above is cobbled together from what I found out. Oddly enough, I got two different plot descriptions, though they aren’t incompatible; however, I’ve mostly avoided touching on the second one I found (which reveals a much more conventional plot) because I think it’s a major spoiler. It also reveals why the movie is a bit of disappointment; the plot description above makes it all seem more mysterious and eerie than it ultimately turns out to be. I suspect that if I ever get a chance to see this one subtitled, I’ll like the first part a lot more than the last part.

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