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Les Valseuses - Wellington Film Society


Mon 23 Sep 2013, 6:15pm–8:15pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Members Free. Membership available at the door: $0.00
  • 12-month membership: $95.00
  • 3-film membership: $33.00
  • Additional fees may apply

USA: Going Places
UK: Making It
Bertrand Blier | France | 1974 | R18

The original French title of Bertrand Blier’s breakthrough film [Les valsueses translates as The Testicles] alludes to the brash effrontery of its two young, thrill-seeking protagonists, Jean-Claude (Depardieu) and Pierrot (Patrick Dewaere)... The title becomes more pointedly relevant when these two nuts opt to return a ‘borrowed’ Citroën DS sports car to the place where they found it, resulting in a gunshot and a painful testicular injury for Pierrot, who fears that he has paid for their impulsive joyride with his masculinity. While the need to stay a step ahead of the law propels them on to the open road - hence the desexualised English title, which aptly pegs the film as a road picture - it is Jean-Claude's determination to guide his friend back into the saddle that propels the story forward. At the time this film was made, the long-haired, unwashed appearance of the two leads was enough for most adult viewers to brand them undesirable outlaws, but Blier quickly draws a comparison between the bullying, sexist ways of Jean-Claude and those of a middle-aged store manager to show that such people exist on many levels and in all walks of life.
- Tim Lucas, Sight & Sound

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