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The Flesh of the Orchid (1975)
"La chair de l'orchidée" (original title)

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A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running ... See full summary »

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Claire
Bruno Cremer ...
Louis Delage
Edwige Feuillère ...
Madame Bastier-Wagener
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Lady Vamos
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La folle de la gare
Hans Christian Blech ...
Gyula Berekian
François Simon ...
Joszef Berekian
Hugues Quester ...
Marcucci
Rémy Germain ...
Arnaud
Roland Bertin ...
L'homme d'affaires
Marcel Imhoff ...
Le directeur de l'asile
Pierre Asso ...
Le docteur
Marie-Louise Ebeli ...
L'infirmière de l'asile
Ève Francis ...
La mère de Delage
Luigi Zerbinati ...
Alcide
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A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running away, from two killers. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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29 January 1975 (France)  »

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Follows No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) See more »

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Dark unconventional crime drama
29 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Claire (Charlotte Rampling) escapes from an asylum where she has been imprisoned at the behest of her aunt and is aided by Louis (Bruno Cremer). They find themselves pursued by the Berekian brothers and the aunt who knows that Claire is the heir to a great fortune.

Based as it is on the sequel to NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH it's no surprise that this film should inhabit a similar world of grotesque characters, bizarre incidents and savage death. With much of the violent mayhem set against a background of muddy rural yards and incessant driving rain, the resonant impression is of a battlefield in which most of the combatants will complete their private hell of isolation and desperation.

A dark thriller which improves with a second viewing, it is compelling in no small part due to its star. Charlotte Rampling is so right as the enigmatic Claire trying to make sense of her own identity and it is difficult to think of any other actress who would be more perfect for this role; Bruno Cremer is quietly effective as her doomed lover.

A subplot toward the end concerning the aunt, another grotesque, merely serves to dissipate the earlier tension.


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