Claude Sautet continues the investigation of middle-aged anxiety that he began in Vincent, Paul, Francois, and the Others, but the results this time are considerably more moving and intelligent. Michel Piccoli, a liberal-minded businessman, and Ottavia Piccolo, a factory girl who supplements her income by working as a prostitute, drift through a loosely structured pattern of moral and ethical relationships, ending up as very different people. Sautet’s track-and-zoom style, so close to being ugly, makes a perfect accompaniment to his rambling plot, picking insights out of apparent chaos (1976).