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Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins. Shortly after he meets the plain Christine on vacation in Tunesia. She leaves him after their first night, but by chance they meet again in Bordeaux. He learns that her father is a wealthy doctor who's very pleased to meet him and encourages him to become his son in law. Just on the wedding Popaul meets Christine's beautiful sister, who has the bad fortune to always marry the dumbest guy around. But Popaul knows how to help her out...
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High Heels is a mystery-comedy of less interest to casual moviegoers than to students of Mr. Chabrol's cinema of cerebral ironies. It stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as a womanizing doctor, a fellow who specializes in women other men do not find attractive, and Mia Farrow as the supposedly ugly duckling he marries, largely at her father's insistence. Laura Antonelli appears as Miss Farrow's beautiful sister, whose presence prompts the film's elaborate revenge plot that has a not entirely unexpected twist-ending.
The performances are uniformly good, especially Miss Farrow's, though the wearing of glasses, a brace on her leg and caps on her two upper front teeth does not easily hide her beauty. More interesting than the movie itself is the way its concerns with guilt and roletrading relate to other, far better Chabrol films, including La Femme Infidele.
© Vincent Canby, "The New York Times"