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Jean Rollin's THE ESCAPEES revisits the director's fascination with pairs of women who wander, dreamlike, through a modern dystopia (Requiem for a Vampire, Two Orphan Vampires). Two female patients one rebellious (Laurence Dubas), the other despondent (Christiane Coppé) flee the grounds of a mental hospital and drift across the French countryside. After finding refuge among a band of gypsy-like exotic dancers, they cross paths with a petty criminal (Marianne Valiot), an aging fortune-teller (Louise Dhour) and a quartet of swingers (including Brigitte Lahaie) with sinister intentions. Punctuated by moments of unexpected violence and lyrical beauty (as when the emotionless Marie returns to life in a vacant ice rink), THE ESCAPEES is among Rollin's most personal films, and has been remastered in HD from the original 35mm negative.
Special Features: Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative, French with optional English subtitles, One Day in Paris: An Interview with Jean Rollin (2008, 28 min.)
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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.
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.
'The Escapees' suffers from a lack of cohesiveness, rudimentary and detestable characters, an even more incoherent storyline, a deeper lack of narrative and preposterous actions by its principals than usual - the subtle, dreamlike surrealism that presided over earlier efforts is noticeably absent, the herky-jerky vagabond vaudeville characters seem an odd fit in this mix, and the two female leads are missing the glue to hold one's attention for any length of time. As a fan of most of Rollin's films, I found this one impossible to sit still through, and as soon as I finished it I sold it on Ebay along with 'Killing Car', another Rollin vehicle (no pun intended) that missed the mark completely. Seek out his 70's film's and those 80's flicks referenced above for something more indicative of his better efforts.