Even a “minor” Truffaut is still a delight. Jean-Paul Belmondo plays the owner of a tobacco plantation on Reunion who places an ad for a bride… and Catherine Deneuve gets off the boat. But much like in 2001’s overlooked Birthday Girl, the mysterious stranger is no innocent. There’s murder, international intrigue, and a man so smitten with the young Deneuve he’s willing to throw his life away. What else do you need?

La Sirène du Mississippi. François Truffaut, 1969. ***