Controversial spy-romance by influential French New Wave director Jean Luc Godard. The film was banned from French release for three years after being made on account of its unflinching portrayal of the Franco-Algerian conflict during Algeria's struggle for independence. The film follows Bruno (Michel Subor), a disillusioned young deserter who becomes involved in the French nationalist movement despite his lack of deep political beliefs. Under orders, he kills an Algerian sympathiser and is then captured and tortured. When he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman, Veronika Dreyer (played by Anna Karina, Godard's then wife, in her first film role), he does not realise that she is fighting for the other side.