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The Escapees (1981)

Laurence Dubas , Christiane Coppe , Jean Rollin  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Laurence Dubas, Christiane Coppe, Marianne Valiot, Patrick Perrot, Louise Dhour
  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HZUOT4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On the run from an asylum for the insane, a feisty young girl and her forlorn female companion embark on a surreal journey with a group of traveling erotic dancers. Wandering from the fantastic to the farcical and back again, The Escapees contains all the magic and fairy-tale qualities of cult films like Fascination (1979) and Requiem for a Vampire (1971) and has everything one expects from a Rollin film, including two beautiful young women, startling scenes of death, burlesque shows in a junkyard and erotic lesbian encounters with Brigitte Lahaie!

This is a rare release that marks the film's DVD debut and this version has been re-mastered from the original negative.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Jean Rollin's films (maybe we should call them experiments/treatises in filmmaking, as few can be truly considered 'films') are captivating to some and heinous crimes comitted against the artform to others, and both camps are probably correct. His work in the late 60's was nothing more than interesting (to some) experiments at creating a feel and vibe of gothic imagery that is primarily devoid of narrative or plot. In the 70's, he started to hit a stride with a growing captive audience as his flicks got even more surreal, pseudo-psychedelic, and bizarre, where he created an obtuse and oblique alternate universe to standard filmmaking, thereby through default, engendering his own unique artform, much to the chagrin of 'serious' film lovers, who viewed his work as too vague and incoherent if not downright sacreligous. By the 80's, his work became incredibly spotty - 'Fascination', 'The Living Dead Girl' and 'Night of the Hunted' being his best output during this era, IMHO, and the remainder trashy and excessively low-budget attempts to reclaim past glories, if you consider his body of work anything glorious. I find something oddly compelling about most of his work, but my wife detests all of it, as do most of my friends who I've subjected to his world.

The only thing of interest he produced in the 90's was 'Dracula's Fiancé'/ 'Fiancé of Dracula' (it was released under both titles), upping the gore and blood quotient and freakishness considerably, with positive results, something he averted in earlier efforts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enter the surreal... September 12, 2009
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French director Jean Rollin has garnered a cult following for his 1970s output of softcore vampire and "living dead" films. Generally shot with the crumbling ruins of European cemeteries and castles as his backdrops, all of his films evoke a wonderful otherworldly feel for an American audience. The frequent focus on lovely lesbians (generally with fangs) doesn't hurt the visual allure of his films either. THE ESCAPEES is one of his later films, and also one of his least seen. Issued in 1981, it differs from much of his catalogue in that it pairs him with a co-writer and eschews any connection to the supernatural, though it does continue his exploration of the macabre.

The film follows two teen girls who escape from an asylum where they were committed for polar reasons. One is afraid of people, the other is looking too hard for sexual adventure. They fall in with a troupe of junkyard burlesque performers, hook up with a pickpocket, and then are lured into the sordid sexual explorations of a yuppie foursome (which includes a brief but powerful appearance by Rollin regular Brigitte Lahaie.) While the settings of this film are largely grey and urban and thus lacking in some of the setting allure of his earlier work, and the vampire element is missing, THE ESCAPEES is still an intriguing film and like so many of Rollin's movies, a bittersweet examination of his two heroines. Its "underground" bar and burlesque scenes evoke some of the same offbeat feel of his earlier film THE DEMONIACS. Overall it is a bit uneven, and certainly not his strongest work, to be sure, but Rollin fans won't want to miss it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars French New Wave at its worst February 26, 2014
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Pretentious, slow, random, and not making much sense, but kidding themselves about how daring they are.

Two girls escape from an asylum, one timid about everything and one irritating and bitchy. They wind up following a traveling strip tease. The whole mess ends with a mass murder. Sounds like two different films? It is. The last 20 minutes make no sense and have almost nothing to do with the rest. Then there's the pretentious close, where the 2 mass murderers are posing as heroic victims.

Junk, a waste of time. Pompous dribble.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Take Me With You, Or I'll Scream!"... October 5, 2014
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Michelle (Laurence Dubas) and Marie (Christiane Coppe) escape from a mental institution. This is astonishing since Marie is supposed to be terrified of people and catatonic! Michelle is strong and determined to get away, while Marie is very emotional and grows extremely attached to Michelle. Their adventure leads them to a traveling troupe of performance artists (aka: strippers). The girls decide to go w/ them, and wind up at a junkyard for a show, complete w/ a rowdy, mostly male audience. Michelle and Marie are the drink-servers, while the lovely dancers work their magic. Michelle desires excitement, thrills, and male companionship. Poor Marie only wants to be w/ Michelle forever. When the pair hooks up w/ a thief named Sophie (Marianne Valiot), they seem to have found peace at last. Jean Rollin has fashioned another adult fantasy tale, full of odd characters and bizarre situations. At its heart, THE ESCAPEES is a love story. There is far less nudity -until the ending- than in the average Rollin production. The plot is also less surreal, more straightforward. Rollin drastically restrains his penchant for absurdity! Alas, this allows for some rather dull stretches, especially the long-long-LONG goodbye near the end! Fortunately, Marie's people-phobia saves the day! Tragedy ensues. The finale is pure, bloody Rollin...
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