When young Anicée Alvina becomes the prime suspect in the murder of roommate and lover Olga Georges-Picot, she’s packed away to a curious combination of convent and prison—but the police and clergy who propose to act as her captors and punishers are soon caught up by the lure of her deliciously perverse erotic fancies, and in the ensuing serial seduction, the boundaries between fantasy and reality begin to crumble. Featuring appearances by Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michael Lonsdale, a young Isabelle Huppert, and a small army of omnipresent mannequins, the non-linear, open-ended Successive Slidings of Pleasure finds Robbe-Grillet blending sadomasochism, sacrilege, and psychedelia to delirious effect.

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