Rapture (1965 film)
|Directed by||John Guillermin|
|Screenplay by||Ennio Flaiano|
|Based on||Rapture in My Rags|
by Phyllis Hastings
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|Edited by||Max Benedict|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox International Classics|
Young teenager Agnes, her retired widower father, and their caretaker Karen, live in an old house on the Brittany coast in France. Agnes, who is immature and perhaps backward, has been removed from school and lives an isolated and childlike life.
While walking home from church, they witness a prison bus crash. The convicts attempt to flee and are shot at by the guards. One knocks down a guard and injures him before escaping.
Agnes finds the convict in their shed: in her imagination, she thinks that she has created him from a scarecrow and belongs to her: she does not tell the police about him. The family hide him and he stays for a while. The gendarme dies and the police believe the family know something about the fugitive. He and Karen become close but Agnes catches them kissing and attacks Karen, who leaves.
The fugitive leaves separately, refusing to go with Karen, but Agnes follows him and he brings her home. A relationship develops and,after, her father objects, they leave together for a town. However, she struggles to manage a household and returns home. The police question her about her absence. She says nothing but the fugitive, following her home, is seen, chased and killed.
Time magazine called the film a "penumbral play of love against loneliness" that "boost[s] the artistic stock of English director John Guillermin" and "clinch[es] the reputation of France's 15-year-old Patricia Gozzi."