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Les valseuses (Gerard Depardieu - Patrick Dewaere) (French only)

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Pierrot (Patrick Dewaere) et Jean-Claude (Gerard Depardieu), deux voyous inseparables, passent le temps a terroriser les habitants de leur cite. Un soir, ils volent une voiture pour faire une balade mais sont surpris par le proprietaire. L'incident tourne mal, Jean-Claude et PIerrot fuient avec Marie-Ange (Miou-Miou), l'employee de la maitresse du proprietaire du vehicule. C'est le debut d'une longue cavale, au cours de laquelle ils rencontrent Jeanne (Jeanne Moreau) qui vient de sortir de prison.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Dewaere, Gerard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Fossey
  • Directors: Bertrand Blier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Capac SA
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ILHYAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jeff T. Mooridian on October 5, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
How come no one told me of this movie, huh? I'm shocked that such a phenomenal movie could go under the radar for so long for me...and I'm 42. I mean I know it is a french film but there is just no excuse for this film not to be a household word universally, especially among cinephiles.
That said, damn, what pleasure to stumble onto this. It's anarchic (nothing is owned, everything is "shared"; brutal humanism), hedonistic, spiked with black humor, and underlined with existential positivity. If all is vanity, the fight for rich life beyond rutted conventions is heroic if not divine. As two juvenile, and what AT FIRST seems to be misogynist, men bounce from trouble to trouble, with no regard for the future or the past, it reveals a philosophy that underscores every moment. It's life intensely lived and lived for its own sake. Anything related to death or fear, they bewilderedly mourn and turn away from. I personally find this the most life-affirming film I think I've ever scene. One critic called it a "hymn of life". Forget Spielberg and his life-draining sentimentality.
It's childish and absurd but not fatuous; it's sexist in that gender roles are defined and yet unafraid to go beyond them; it's exploitive and illuminating; it's repulsive and seductive.
Its an affront to a life of passivity!
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I had mixed feelings for "Les Valseuses" (1974) written and directed by Bertrand Blier when I started watching it but I ended up liking it. I would not call it vulgar ("Dumb and Dumber" is vulgar, "The Sweetest Thing" is both vulgar and unforgivably stupid); I would call it shocking and offensive. I can understand why many viewers, especially, the females would not like or even hate it. It is the epitome of misogyny (or so it seems), and the way two antiheroes treat every woman they'd meet seems unspeakable. But the more I think of it the more I realize that it somehow comes off as a delightful little gem. I am fascinated how Blier was able to get away with it. The movie is very entertaining and highly enjoyable: it is well written, the acting by all is first - class, and the music is sweet and melancholic. Actually, when I think of it, two buddies had done something good to the women they came across to: they prepared a woman in the train (the lovely, docile blonde Brigitte Fossey who started her movie career with one of the most impressive debuts in René Clément's "Forbidden Games"(1952) at age 6) for the meeting with her husband whom she had not seen for two months; they found a man who was finally able to get a frigid Marie-Ange (Miou-Miou) exited and satisfied; they enlightened and educated young and very willing Isabelle Huppert (in one of her early screen appearances.) Their encounter with Jeanne Moreau elevates this comedy to the tragic level. In short, I am not sure I'd like to meet Gérard Depardieu's Jean-Claude and Patrick Dewaere's Pierrot in real life and invite them over for dinner but I had a good time watching the movie and two hours almost flew - it was never boring.
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This is an antiestablishment film, focused on the alienation of the young and the bankruptcy of their lives. It's cruel, outrageous,bizarre and provocative portrait around two decadent characters who fornicate, steal and live according theor own behavior codes.

The plot enriches itself due the presence of the incandescnet beauty of Jeanne Moreau who stars a woman back in circulation after ten years of prison.

You may establish without any doubt this film is the French answer to Easy Rider but gifted with a major scope and conceptual complexity, because it trascends the anecdote.

The enviable cast and the masterful direction of this promising director Bertrand Blier who ewentually who would become in a status filmmaker and one of the most gifted dierctors of his generation.

Mature film from start to finish.!
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This is the type of dark comedy that could only be made in France, it is so un-PC and graphic that it could never have come out of Hollywood. This film tells the tale of two young men (Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere) who wander around the French countryside causing trouble, creating havoc, looking for women, committing petty (and not so petty) crimes and generally just causing turmoil wherever they go. This is the film that made Depardieu a star in France in the mid 70s, he and his sidekick Dewaere play off each other wonderfully. Miou-Miou played the role of the vacuous nymphomaniac quite well also, much different than some of her later, more mature roles. One of the other reviewers compared this film to Easy Rider, but I think this is a mischaracterization. This film does not have the philosophic overtones or deeper meaning for a generation that is searching for itself that Easy Rider does. This is an unusual film, but I think it is more like a dark, violent, sexually explicit predecessor of the Jim Carrey film Dumb and Dumber, without the slapstick and body-function humor. Maybe this film explores the `angst' of the French youth of the 70's, and explores the newfound social freedom of the French youth at several levels. The film also takes several violent and completely unexpected turns (ala Pulp Fiction). I found some of the scenes to be absolutely hilarious. Bottom line is that this is an unusual (and unusually graphic) film, the subject matter may be offputting to some. If you are looking for an edgy, dark comedy, you may find this interesting.
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