Claude Chabrol's thoughtful 1987 mystery thriller is very hitchcockian and indeed lavishly played and even, I believe, intentionally overplayed. The title Masques/Masks is very well chosen, as the film really is staged like an Agatha Christie story filmed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Philippe Noiret is gloriously over-the-top as a sleazy game show host. The french 1987 show is almost tasteful compared to contemporary television-shows of 2017. Not only insulting to people's intelligence but also intentionally made to deprive us of any original thoughts and of course to sell worthless things.
It's a delight to see Bernadette Lafont even if she is clearly underused.
Easy-going and easy to watch with some plot holes and psychologically hard to believe. Very enjoyable nevertheless.
I can't decide if Chabrol made it to lure in those viewers who like light entertainment along with those who enjoys clever dialogue and shadowplay. Perhaps both.
That gives it high rewatchability and also a broad audience.