Synopsis by Nathan Southern
In the 1970s, as French citizens make long-delayed attempts to come to terms with the Nazi collaboration of World War II for the first time, the country buckles beneath the weight of collective guilt. One man - the former Collaborationist police head René Bousquet (Daniel Prevost) - bears primary responsibility for deporting Jews to concentration camps during the War. Incredibly, Bousquet has buried his own diseased past and completely severed himself from ties to a guilty conscience, settling into a quiet, unassuming life as a financier. Then, the accusations start, and a period of interrogation commences that will ultimately span 15 years, as Bousquet turns to one family member and assumed political ally after another and attempts to round up alibis to protect himself. He doesn't count, however, on the public unveiling of each of these allegiances and cover-ups as the broad network of conspiracies that they actually are.
accusation, alibi, allegiance, collaborator, deportation, ex-policeman, financier, interrogator, war-crimes