France is on the brink of Nazi occupation but beautiful, conniving movie star Vivian Denvers (Isabelle Adjani) only has one thing on her mind: herself.
Stuck with a corpse in her flat and desperate to escape Paris before the goosesteppers march in, Vivian cajoles a friend (Gregori Derangere) into taking the murder rap, seduces an infatuated politician (Gerard Depardieu) into spiriting her away and courts a mysterious reporter (Peter Coyote). Holed up at Bordeaux hotel, Vivian and her admirers play complex games of intrigue, crossing paths with a military scientist, an impassioned student (Virginie Ledoyen) plus various toffs and politicos.
Cyrano De Bergerac helmer Jean-Paul Rappeneau conjures up an elegant and seductive French farce that twinkles as brightly as Adjani's sumptuous gowns, masterfully diverting the eye from plot frays and a certain hysterical pace. But with a cast this accomplished and attractive (even Depardieu scrubs up), who cares?
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