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Georges Lautner, famous French director of classic comedies such as
"Les tontons flingueurs", "Les barbouzes" or latter, more serious work
like Jean-Paul Belmondo dark actioner "Le professionnel" blends laughs,
gunshots and pot-smoking hippies into a decent, sometimes even
hilarious comedy where French rednecks and free-loving, bare-chested
youngsters learn to go beyond their mutual dislike and live in harmony
in a deserted village. But some mysterious events raise the awareness
of the local police force and murder, gunfights and T&A ensue.
Some of the funny parts are a bit dated, but it's still both an enjoyable comedy with somewhat visionary scenes (like an hilarious criticism of placement product) and Lautner's direction is pretty solid, even 30+ years later. The acting is solid too, with many familiar faces (the late Paul Preboist as well as Andre Pousse, Henri Guybet and the great Michel Galabru) for those who know 70's French cinema... Oh, and did I mention many semi-nude scenes with gorgeous hippie girls? Not a masterpiece, not an exploitation flick either, but an enjoyable movie nonetheless.
What the squares thought the sixties were about , particularly the
hippies -who in 1973 were already passé- The film fills his quota of
long hair,sitar,transcendental meditation and singing Om ...But the
villains are not them and a nice countess (played by veteran Renée
Saint-Cyr) is on their side when her steward is murdered .Also notable
for one of Miou-Miou's first appearances and the presence of Dani ,a
pop singer of the sixties whose career was short-lived (but who made a
comeback some years back).The film is never dull and is pleasant to
watch ,if you do not ask too much.
That said ,as far as Lautner is concerned,you'll be better off with "Le Septième Juré" "La Route De Salina" or "La Maison Assassinée" which are not representative of his commercial stuff ,but which are infinitely more absorbing.
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