What makes Marianne so fascinating is the internal conflict between her self-destructive and her survival impulses. But the film's thriller-styled narrative isn't expansive enough to contain her. Given Marianne's reckless behaviorshe walks around Paris openly carrying a fortune in stolen diamondsyou'd think she would be murdered before the film is half over. Hitchcock knew how to camouflage flaws in logic, but Garcia isn't as skillful. Inept as a thriller, Place Vendôme nevertheless intrigues.