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The Pleasure Pit (1969)

Les chemins de Katmandou (original title)
A rebellious socially-conscious man travels to Nepal to find his dead-beat dad. There, he meets Jane, a beautiful hippie girl hooked on drugs. He's forced to steal artifacts for his father's slimy employer to earn money to help Jane.





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Complete credited cast:
Pascale Audret ...
David O'Brien ...
Renaud Verley ...
Steve Eckardt ...
Gilberte Géniat ...
La bouchère
Mike Marshall ...
Harold (as Michael Marshall)
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Le chef de l'organisation
Jean-Paul Tribout ...
Xanti Valio


Oliver is a rebellious socially-conscious young man and activist who despises overt materialism, but dates a model. He tries to convince her to leave her materialistic and exploitative profession, but he can barely support himself, let alone her as well. That's when he decides to leave Paris where he lives with his mother to find his deadbeat dad who moved to Nepal some time ago and made good business as a professional hunter. Oliver wants to try to convince him to help him with his financial situation. Almost broke, Oliver manipulates his friend who works on a relief program in India to get the money to travel to Nepal. Once there, he's picked up by a band of hippies from Europe. One of them is Jane, a beautiful young carefree girl who practices free love. He falls for her immediately, but moves on, since he's not that anti-materialistic. When he finally finds his dad, he discovers that his father is in fact almost broke and working for a sleazy businessman who deals with stolen ...

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26 September 1969 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Dolls in Kathmandu  »

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Aux Enfants De La Chance......
8 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

.....To the lucky children who have never known drugs....sings Serge Gainsbourg in one of his best songs about the dealers.Gainsbourg was a singer/songwriter extraordinaire but really a poor actor;anyway ,he could not have saved this absolute dud .By far,André Cayatte 's worst effort ,with an absurd screenplay written by Barjavel (whose attempts at sci-fi are not really exciting,at least to my eyes:but this movie is not sci-fi,mind you).Most of the actors are badly directed ,and even Jane Birkin cannot convince as a junkie with an angel face.

In the past,André Cayatte had taken his movies out of the courtroom (he was unfairly nicknamed "the lawyer of cinema" by Truffaut) ,notably in his excellent "Oeil Pour Oeil" (1957).But here ,only the splendid landscapes around Katmandu are worthwhile.

In his earlier "Avant Le Deluge" ,Cayatte had also shown a youth in despair,dreaming of sailing away to the islands in the sun.But if their plan failed,the movie was really strong,one of these -it's not the only one- overlooked fifties movies.In "Les Chemins De Katmandou" , a young man,after the great disappointment of the aftermath Of May 68,leaves his mother (Elsa Martinelli was about ten years older than Renaud Verley who plays her son),and goes in search of his infamous father who never gave a single penny to them.The road to Katmandu will be a rocky one.The movie will too.

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