|Yves Montand||The deputy|
|Irene Papas||Helene, the deputy's wife|
|Jean-Louis Trintignant||The examining magistrate|
|François Périer||Public prosecutor|
|Pierre Dux||The general|
|Julien Guiomar||The colonel|
|Jean Bouise||Georges Pirou|
Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises troubling questions. Though it's too late to save Z's life, a postmortem examination suggests that the ruling party was behind his death. As the facts leak out, those who tell the truth pay the price for their honesty.