Going Places


(out of 5)

Original title:  Les Valseuses

This cinematic exercise in youthful debauchery is both fascinating and frustrating at the same time.  (in one of his earliest film performances) and best pal  roam around France by various means, stealing from stores and attacking innocent women before Dewaere receives a very uncomfortable shot to the testicle and is crippled for the rest of their journey. This doesn’t hinder their zest for crime, however, and they continue until an encounter with an older ex-convict () awakens them to their own sense of morality.  has a tiny role at the conclusion of this unmotivated comedy, one full of sharp observations of the casual guilt that these characters engender but devoid of any real momentum. Also stars as a passive shampoo girl who doesn’t seem to mind bearing the brunt of the boys’ worst behaviour, even when it becomes dangerous for her to stay with them.

C.A.P.A.C., S.N. Prodis, Universal Pictures

France, 1974

Directed by

Screenplay by Bertrand Blier, , based on the novel by Bertrand Blier

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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