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I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse (1973)

J'irai comme un cheval fou (original title)
Running away from the police, Aden goes to the desert where he meets an uncivilized man who has a special link with Mother-Earth. He ends up by convincing the hermit to come along with him into another desert... the big town!

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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La mère (Madame Rey)
George Shannon ...
Aden Rey
Hachemi Marzouk ...
Marvel
Marco Perrin ...
Oscar Tabak
François Chatelet ...
Le prédicateur
Marie-France ...
Bijou-Love (as Marie-France Garcia)
Gerard Borlant ...
Le concierge
Jean Chalon ...
Le maître d'hôtel
Raoul Curet ...
Commissaire Falcon
Luc Guérin ...
Aden enfant
Antoine Marin ...
Le boucher
Pedro Meca ...
Le 1er mangeur
Gilles Meyer ...
Cascadeur
Myriam Mézières ...
Dell
Camilo Otero ...
Le 2ème mangeur
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When his mother dies, the police want to talk to Aden Rey, but Aden, a guilt-ridden epileptic, has left for the desert. There he comes upon Marvel, a noble savage. Aden, Marvel, and Marvel's goat become companions through travels, a wedding, an examination of Aden's role in his mother's passing, a trial, additional deaths, and various meals. There are also flashbacks to Aden's childhood and his relationship to his mother. Meanwhile, the police step up their efforts to find Aden. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Pretentious, awful, disturbing, disgusting, and you should definitely try to see this.
18 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

I'm glad I saw this film. I almost didn't, I hated it after ten minutes and demanded it be turned off at 20 minutes. I saw it to the end mostly because the friends I was watching it with found my infrequent outbursts amusing and because we collectively wanted to see if we could get through it. If nothing else the experience gave me a quick and easy answer any time someone asks me what the worst film I've ever seen is.

I liken it to eating a raw egg; it's something horrible you put yourself through under the vague understanding that it might be beneficial. Also you need to suppress the urge to vomit throughout.

Giving a synopsis of the film's plot seems beside the point as that's not really important. The film is essentially a string of metaphors and commentary about nature and the state of the modern world ranging from macabre to perverted to ludicrous, (often all of the above,) all with the subtlety and finesse of an atom bomb.

There may be those who appreciate this surrealist kind of film-making and while I don't count myself as one of them I do have an appreciation for it if it is clever. However Fernando Arrabal's approach is like a Gothic teenager's idea of insightful commentary; he is immensely pretentious, blatantly obvious, and nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is. So Arrabal makes up for this by trying to be shocking. On that count he clearly succeeds but for me personally that just added to the film's overall absurdity and unlikeability rather than adding to any artistic merit.

There is some form of value in I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse, some artistic intent. But it is so hilariously awful, so disgusting, and so overall disturbing that you have to ignore a lot to try and appreciate that. This is a very bad film but I still say it's worth seeing, if only just to see if you can. A twisted sense of humour and a strong stomach is mandatory though.


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