A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist ... See full summary »
Ferdinand Griffon is married with his wealthy Italian wife and has been recently fired from the television station where he worked. His wife forces him to go to a party in the house of her influential father that wants to introduce Ferdinand to a potential employer. Her brother brings the babysitter Marianne Renoir to take care of their children. Ferdinand feels bored in the bourgeois party and borrows his brother-in-law's car to return home. He meets Marianne, who was his lover five years ago and insists on calling him Pierrot, and offers to take her home. However, he spends the night with her and finds that she is involved in smuggling weapons. When Marianne is chased by terrorists, they decide to travel to the beach without any money, leaving Paris and his family behind in a crazy journey to nowhere. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Marianne provides a book whose author has the same name as Ferdinand. The book is "Guignol's Band" (1944) by the French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline. See more »
[possibly done by the character] Samuel Fuller mentions to Ferdinand that he's visiting Paris to see some exhibition of "Les Fleurs du Mal" to which the other man mentions that Voltaire is the author - when in fact the real author is Charles Baudelaire. See more »
I wonder what's keeping the cops. We should be in jail by now.
They're smart... They let people destroy themselves.
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I was fifteen when I saw this movie for the first time. I didn't knew much about cinema at this time. I didn't knew much about art either, nor music, nor nothing. But I will never forget the shock it was for me to discover that movie. This was pure poetry, it was the first time in my life I ever saw blue color, red and yellow. You don't have to be intellectual to love this movie, just a free child.
About some strange English subtitles I have on my DVD:
At the end of the movie, we can hear in French the first lines of a poem by Arthur Rimbaud (L'Eternité, 1872):
(Here I wanted to write the original french lines, but I'm not allowed. Curious world.)
It's ours again / what is ? / eternity / No that's just the sea And the Sun
It should have been:
It is found again./ What is ? Eternity/ It is the sea/ Gone with the sun./
Minute 41. Ferdinand and Marianne are watching the man on the moon.
F: - He thinks your legs and your breasts are very moving/ M: - Be quiet
But I can hear in French:
F: - I find your legs and your breasts very moving/ M: - Fcuk me
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