Un papillon sur l’epaule. 1978. France. Directed by Jacques Deray. Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Tonino Guerra, based on a novel by John Gearon. With Lino Ventura, Claudine Auger, Paul Crauchet. 95 min.
Known for his glossy Alain Delon vehicles (La piscine, Borsalino), the director Jacques Deray also signed this enigmatic anomaly, based on John Gearon’s 1946 novel The Velvet Well. A layover in Barcelona becomes a waking nightmare for Frenchman Lino Ventura, who answers a call for help in an adjoining hotel room and wakes up in a mental institution—or is it?