Playing with Fire (1975)
"Le jeu avec le feu" (original title)

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When Carolina (Anicee Alvina), the daughter of wealthy banker Georges de Saxe (Philippe Noiret), is reported kidnapped, it is upsetting to him even though he knows it isn't true. The ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franz / Francis
Georges de Saxe / Ses doubles
Anicée Alvina ...
Carolina de Saxe
Diana Van Den Berg
Maria, la servande des Saxe
Serge Marquand ...
Charles Millot ...
Un ravisseur
Un messager
Jacques Seiler ...
Le chauffeur de taxi / Le domestique d'Erica / Le prêtre
Michel Berto ...
L'adjoint du commissaire
Christina, la fille dans la malle / Desdémone
Marc Mazza ...
Un messager
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ...
Le commissaire Laurent (as J. Doniol-Valcloze)
Nathalie Zeiger ...
Tania, la fille aux chiens
Joëlle Coeur ...
La mariée


When Carolina (Anicee Alvina), the daughter of wealthy banker Georges de Saxe (Philippe Noiret), is reported kidnapped, it is upsetting to him even though he knows it isn't true. The kidnappers have taken the wrong person. The banker hires Frantz (Jean-Louis Trintignant) a disheveled, seedy detective to find his daughter and hide her safely away. She soon finds herself in a fantasy-land whorehouse, where all kinds of extreme perversions are routinely practiced. There, a near-double of her father whips and then seduces her. Eventually, she and the private eye escape or leave, having extorted the kidnapping money from the girl's father. Written by lament

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19 February 1975 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Atesle oyun  »

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2.35 : 1
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By Giuseppe Verdii
Performed by Antonietta Stella - Fiorenza Cossotto (as Piorenza Cossotto), Carlo Bergonzi - Ettore Bastianini
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
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Bunuel for underaged
19 July 2005 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Watching this movie is an unquestionable pleasure for your eyes, and an unbelievable loss for your mind. But those of you who enjoy surrealism in literature, Robbe-Grillet's books, and movies by Luis Bunuel should be, to some extent of course, satisfied. Jeu avec le feu contains a lot of nudity and perversions, scenes of rape, chasing a woman with huge dogs, a sort of bestialism scene etc. Still, it is depicted in a way that makes you think you are watching the dream of a little boy with seriously (and sexually) distorted mind. This constitutes the greatest advantage of the film. From the very beginning we are exposed to illogical, non - linear action, switches of the roles among characters, and it is highly entertaining to observe how one not-so-innocent girl is trapped in such a ridiculous and at the same time oniric environment. Robbe-Grillet plays with fire here (pun intended), as he tries to persuade us into thinking that all perversions are justified if we get rid of our logic and psychological restraints. The action takes place in a brothel, where we can observe interaction between clients and prostitutes, which are usually kidnapped or forced to play a role of a sex-slave. However, they do not seem to object to their situation as much as we would expect them to. Quite the contrary, some of them seem to enjoy their experiences, to the point of accepting their being sentenced to death in order to amuse a client. But its not only about "all of us are masochists". Grillet seems to claim that if one is put into utterly chaotic environment, deprived of any point of reference, his mind will accept every, even most humble role just to get through it. Anyway, this movie is worth watching, but only for those fond of surrealism and artistic experiments. And its definitely not pornographic.

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