Rider on the Rain (1969)
Directed by René Clément
Genres - Mystery | Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller | Run Time - 115 min. | Countries - France, Italy | MPAA Rating - PG
Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Adapted from a novel by acclaimed mystery writer Sébastien Japrisot, this French/Italian nailbiter stars Marlène Jobert as Mélancolie "Mellie" Mau, a young woman stalked by on a rainy afternoon by a mysterious stranger. The man eventually breaks in on Mellie while her husband is gone and rapes her. She grabs a shotgun and kills her assailant, dumping the body into the ocean. When the body is recovered, American military officer Dobbs (Charles Bronson) accuses Mellie of the murder -- and of stealing the U.S. Army money that the rapist had been carrying with him -- and that's only the beginning. The plot piles one twist upon another, deliriously confounding the audience at every turn.
accomplice [criminal], chase, corpse, escaped-convict, homemaker, loot, murder, on-the-run, pursuit, rape, revenge, robbery, sea, self-protection, woman