Going Places

Going Places

Director: Bertrand Blier

Cast: Bertrand Blier, Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Patrick Dewaere

     
 

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Director Bertrand Blier's Les Valseuses features Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere as a pair of sociopaths wending their way across France. Though Depardieu is the more dominant of the two, both men are equally culpable in their disregard for common decency. They are particularly rough on women, even the like-minded Miou-Miou, whom they both love in their

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Director Bertrand Blier's Les Valseuses features Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere as a pair of sociopaths wending their way across France. Though Depardieu is the more dominant of the two, both men are equally culpable in their disregard for common decency. They are particularly rough on women, even the like-minded Miou-Miou, whom they both love in their own way. Jeanne Moreau has a brief bit as an ex-convict who sleeps with both Depardieu and Dewaere.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Bertrand Blier's first major hit announced him as one of the most important and controversial cinematic voices of the '70s. A frenetic adaptation of the director's own novel, Les Valseuses follows the exploits of two rowdy, sexist pigs, Jean-Claude (Gerard Depardieu) and Pierrot (Patrick Dewaere), as they pilfer and plunder their way across the French countryside - groping, molesting, and forcing themselves on virtually every comely woman who crosses their paths. On the surface, the writer-director's intent seems to revolve around making the audience alternately laugh and cringe, with some of the most repugnant behavior and dialogue ever put onscreen in the context of a comedy. In that he succeeds. He also constantly tests the audience's tolerance level - particularly by having many of the women respond favorably to the men's crudball advances. In Blier's underrated Calmos, the fantasy subtext helped justify and account for the behavior of the characters. But in this earlier outing - despite Pauline Kael's assessment of the film as "both a celebration and a satire of men's daydreams" - there are no oneiric trappings to soften the blow. Blier presents the narrative in the context of our everyday world, which makes the onscreen events far more jarring. One can't help but admire the uncompromising nature of Blier's machismo-fueled vision, and much of the film is riotously funny, but it benefits even more from an underlying tenderness - glimpses of vulnerability in the men, manifest most clearly in a touching, ultimately tragic sequence with Jeanne Moreau. Despite this sensitivity, U.S. and English critics didn't take kindly to this farce. Many blasted it as misogynistic and vile, limning Moreau's character's grotesque fate (which is indeed shocking) as brutally exploitative. Yet still others read Les Valseuses as a perfect reflection of the zeitgeist at the height of the sexual revolution. Despite split critical opinion, though, the movie did wonders for Blier's career; it became one of the most popular French features of 1974, and foreshadowed many other succès d'estimes for the director, including Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Beau Pere and Too Beautiful For You.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0738329076528
Original Release:
1974
Source:
Lorber Films (Kino)
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
36,393

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Stills gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Jean-Claude
Miou-Miou Marie-Ange
Patrick Dewaere Pierrot
Jeanne Moreau Jeanne
Jacques Chailleux Jacques
Isabelle Huppert Jacqueline
Christian Alers Jacqueline's father
Christiane Muller Jacqueline's mother
Michel Peyrelon The Doctor
Brigitte Fossey Young Mother
Gerard Boucaron Carnot
Dominique Davray Ursula
Marco Perrin Supermarket inspector
Jacques Rispal Maton
Sylvie Joly Actor
Gérard Jugnot Car Owner
Thierry Lhermitte Actor
Rita Maiden Actor
Michel Pilorge Man on the motorscooter
Jean Sylvere Actor

Technical Credits
Bertrand Blier Director,Screenwriter
Jean-Jacques Caziot Production Designer
Michele Cerf Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Claudon Producer
Dominique Dalmasso Sound/Sound Designer
Philippe Dumarcay Screenwriter
Stéphane Grappelli Score Composer
Françoise Hardy Production Designer
Bruno Nuytten Cinematographer
Kenout Peltier Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Going Places
1. Joyride [9:15]
2. Doctor in the House [10:39]
3. On the Run [6:59]
4. Thirsty [9:53]
5. Off-Season [8:41]
6. Sexual Frustration [15:04]
7. An Old Lady [8:18]
8. Ménage à Trois [12:21]
9. Mourning [7:54]
10. It Happened [10:50]
11. Fugitives [7:46]
12. Jacqueline [10:22]

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