Love turns to hatred in this psychological tragedy that chronicles the dysfunctional relationship between long term lovers. It is based on a novel by Georges Simenon. The hatred between the once loving couple is symbolized by the woman killing her lover's beloved cat. The bereaved man leaves her, but in time goes back to their run-down home near the Paris city limit. Things do not improve as they do their best to insure each other's continued misery. The woman dies. Now the man must deal with the great gaping hole her presence, though at times troublesome, filled.