The story revolves around a German family where the only child, the daughter Angela, is crippled. Both her mother and father cheat on each other for years with a nearly official lover. Once a father declares that he is going to leave for Norway. Instead he arrives to a country house with his long-time French lover. What he does not know is that his wife also is going to the same country house. They all meet and events acquire some dynamic.
- Chekhov's Gun: In its most classic form. Indeed the gun is shown in the middle of the film and it is used in the end.
- Chessmaster: The young Angela.
- Creepy Child: Angela is very frequently this.
- Cute Mute: Kaunitz played by Macha Méril.
- Death Glare: Various characters cast such glances at each other at numerous occasions.
- Evil Cripple: Angela who can walk only with clutches.
- Fan Disservice: That's how the naked Ariane played by Margit Karstensen is presented to her child daughter and the viewer after a night with her lover.
- Genius Cripple: Angela is the one. She is able to manipulate people and she is also an erudite.
- Gratuitous French: Honi soit qui mal y pense said by Ariane, the mother of Angela. She is German, not French as her husband's lover but she is the one to use this phrase.
- The Oner: The titular scene when the society plays the Chinese roulette.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Exacly what Gabriel says about the neck wound sustained by Kaunitz at the hand of Ariane.
- Only One Name:
- Played with. An elderly servant played by Brigitte Mira is called by her surname "Kast" and her first name is never given. However her son, Gabriel Kast is called Gabriel.
- Also Traunitz is only referred to by this surname.
- Silent Snarker: That's what Traunitz appears to be.
- Stylistic Suck: That's what the philosophic work of Gabriel appears to be, it is rambling and repetitive. Then Angela reveals that he has actually plagiarised its contents.
- Wicked Cultured: Two bourgeois couples (implying a married couple and their respective lovers).
- World of Snark: Everyone is this film is a snarker.