Director Pierre Granier-Deferre is a leading figure in a movement the French critics have begun to refer to as the “NQF”—the nouvelle qualite francaise—dedicated to the pre-New Wave virtues of literacy, balance, craftsmanship, and realism. It’s not the most exciting development, but Granier-Deferre, at least, has a definite talent: his film is a discreet, professional mounting of an interesting subject, not terribly distinguished but by no means bad. Gerard Lanvin is a junior marketing executive who is seduced away from his wife (Nathalie Baye), friends, and morality by his charismatic new boss, Michel Piccoli. Piccoli is entertainingly, unconventionally hammy in a conventionally hammy part (1981).