Sophie, a flighty young model, learns that her boyfriend is planning to leave her for another woman. Sophie resolves to either win him back or assassinate her rival. A handsome doctor (who happens to be falling for Sophie himself) assists her with the former plan so that she won't have to resort to the latter.
Cover-girl en renom, Sophie rêve d'une autre existence que celle toute extérieure qu'elle mène en compagnie de Philippe, un des photographes en vogue, très mondain et remuant. Cependant elle tient à son amant et lorsqu'elle découvre qu'il s'intéresse à Barbara, une richissime Américaine, elle enrage de jalousie au point de songer au crime passionnel, et se venge de l'infidèle en s'affichant avec des garçons de rencontre : Claude et Alain. Un matin, elle dérobe la carabine de Philippe et semble résolue à tirer sur ce dernier et sur Barbara…
Jeanne lives in Paris and believes she is the reincarnation of Don Juan. She visits a priest and tells him she has killed a man. He comes to her elegant flat - her father has died leaving her rich - and she tells the priest stories about men she has seduced. The seduction is easy, she tells him, it's destruction that takes planning. We watch her with an upright elected official, a wealthy boor, and a folk singer. She describes herself as a spider. Her friend Léporella tries to be Jeanne's conscience. What does Jeanne want?
Apparently a staple in Russia, the music of Taneyev exists on the fringes of the repertoire in the West, something that should be rectified–and will be if this superb CD made by a starry cast of performers gets the attention it deserves. He’s a Romantic composer, but hardly of the heart-on-sleeve variety, since he was a master of counterpoint and firmly encased his Romantic impulses in a well-fitted classical jacket. Sometimes he makes you think of a more modern, pungent Brahms with a Russian accent.