After encountering a beautiful woman one night, a man tries to track her down again on behalf of a mysterious organisation led by a motorcycle riding femme fatale.
The novelist Robbe-Grillet turned to directing films after the success of his collaboration with Resnais on Last Year at Marienbad (1961). His own films were not very well received, being seen as cinematically naive and amateurish, as well as politically incorrect due to his obsession with sado-masochism. But the films have become "cult" favourites, often cited as a precursor to David Lynch, and now they seem almost parodically "postmodern".
Basically Robbe-Grillet's films consist of a series of dream-like episodes in which stock characters and motifs are played out in various permutations, more like a set of musical variations than a linear logical plot. La Belle Captive is a later film (1983), by which point Robbe-Grillet seemed to be playing around with his favourite motifs in a rather half-hearted jokey way, lacking any real edge or erotic craziness - perhaps his style was better suited to a 60s / early 70s ambience. This film is OK but rather glossy & lightweight - the excessive reliance on declamatory voiceover betrays the fact that this is still a novelist trying his hand at directing and, although the film is loosely structured by high art references to Magritte & Schubert, the style bears a resemblance to the eurotica pulp films of Jess Franco & Jean Rollin et al, as well as curiously prefiguring pop video.
With Robbe-Grillet (who resisted DVD for various reasons) recently deceased, it seems likely that specialist labels will be eager to put out his films - they might be profitable, appealing not only to art-house audiences but to cult & eurotica fans. Hopefully the earlier movies will come out on DVD eventually, but La Belle Captive is a reasonably accessible film to start with.