Chicago Sun Times
Two lovers meet in a Parisian hotel determined to commit suicide, but lose their nerve. Gorgeously melancholy melodrama by the director of Les Enfants Du Paradis
Carné's atmospheric character study shares with much of his other a work a seductive sense of romantic fatalism. Renée (Annabella) and Pierre (Aumont) are the young lovers who arrive at a hotel on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris with the intention of committing a double suicide. The attempt fails and Pierre, having merely wounded Renée, is forced to flee and then gives himself up to the police. A network of sub-plots leads the film into the heart of Parisian lowlife, Carné's storytellling always drifting towards those on the road to nowhere.
Completely studio-bound with impressive sets, this now seems a little old-fashioned and static, but the melodrama the director visits on his his little people remains genuinely moving.
Here, a long way from his masterpiece Les Enfants Du Paradis, Carné nevertheless shows considerable skill in handling his cast and the confined setting. This version of Paris is plainly unreal, yet it's as evocative and romantically seedy as any summoned up by the movies.