One of my favorite characters is Helene in Robert Bresson's 1945 film Les dames du Bois de Boulogne which is my favorite French film. It's also about vengeance. A wealthy socialite, Helene is about to be ditched by her lover , Jean and she swears vengeance. She meets an old friend Madame D, who with her daughter Agnes has fallen on hard times in Paris , and she offers them an apartment. In fact her true motive is to humiliate Jean, using Agnes as both bait and victim. She engineers a meeting between them at the Bois. Jean is smitten. Agnes first evades his advances , but then falls in love with him. Helene toys with Jean, reserving her final revenge for his wedding, which is held at a little church filled with men. She wears a long Balenciaga dress. After the ceremony Jean asks her , "Who are all these men?" And she replies "Oh you didn't know? They're all her former clients . You married a whore"
Karl Lagerfeld in Purple#12