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After the war, Boris Varissa (Jean-Louis Trintignang) returns to his
hometown. During the war, he has fought in the resistance movement side by
side with his childhood freind Jean Robin (Ivan Mistrik), and now he wants
to bring his family news from him. But the story Boris tells changes
several times, for example he tells the story of Jean's daring rescue from
police custody on one day, the next Jean lured his friends into a trap,
yet later Jean himself was lured into a trap - but by whom? By Boris, as
he at one point admits, by the pharmacist, as Boris later claims, or by
someone else entirely?
Later, Boris claims Jean has already died, fell
to his death in a min while he and Boris ran from the enemy ... but it
might be that Boris has pushed him, and when Jean's dad (Jozef Cierny)
dies the exact way as Jean and Boris wants to movie in with Jean's wife
Kocúriková), his sister Sylvia (Sylvie Turbová) and his
sexy maid Maria (Sylvie Bréal), that looks more than a little suspicous.
Jean, long thought dead, returns and takes Boris's story apart, and
suddenly Boris finds himself on the run again.
qui Ment is an attempt to tell a story which loses itself repeatedly,
that changes during one single phrase, that constantly casts doubt on its
own narrative. But while the film seems to lose its story repeatedly, it
doesn't lose itself, perfectly carries the vagueness of its plot by
enigmatic editing that allows for sudden location changes within one scene
or substitution of names and characters - but while this sounds like
nothing more than confusing (and probably is, too), Alain Robbe-Grillet
the director makes a coherent yet unique piece of cinema out of the mess
Alain Robbe-Grillet the writer has left him with - and actually, this is
quite a fascinating movie, recommended!