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Alice or the Last Escapade (1977)
"Alice ou la dernière fugue" (original title)

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Alice Carol leaves her husband one rainy night, telling him that she does not love him anymore. She travels alone but when her windscreen breaks on a lonely road, she has to stop and seek ... See full summary »

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Alice Caroll
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Le Vieil Homme et le Docteur
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Le Jeune Homme et le Pompiste
François Perrot ...
L'Homme de 40 ans
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Le Mari d'Alice
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Catherine Drusy ...
La Belle Serveuse et l'Infirmière
Jean Le Boulbar ...
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Cécile Maistre ...
Louise Rioton ...
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Katia Romanoff ...
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Emile
Noël Simsolo ...
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Alice Carol leaves her husband one rainy night, telling him that she does not love him anymore. She travels alone but when her windscreen breaks on a lonely road, she has to stop and seek help. She goes to a creepy manor and is welcomed by the owner, Henri Vergennes, and his butler, Colas. Alice is invited to spend the night in the house. The next morning, Alice can't find the two men from he previous night but finds her car surprisingly fixed. She tries to leave but cannot find the gate. She stops the car and walks around the wall trying to find an exit but becomes increasingly worried with what she finds. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A collision of Claude Chabrol and Sylvia Kristel
9 November 2013 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is the story of married woman (Silvia Kristel)who suddenly leaves her husband, gets in a car accident, and wakes up in a strange walled hotel/villa from which she is unable to escape and where she encounter a lot of bizarre characters. This is one of several "adult" versions of "Alice and Wonderland" that were released in the 1970's. It has the same dream-like ambiance as Polanski's "What?", but is not as funny and entertaining. It compares more favorably to Bill Osco's somewhat overrated "Alice in Wonderland" in that while it may lack a gorgeous lead like Kristi DeBelle, it's at least not a frickin' musical and it never crosses into seedy 70's XXX porn.

What is perhaps most interesting is the collision the two main talents, Sylvia Kristel and French director Claude Chabrol. This is not one of Chabrol's most well-regarded films, but I think it is underrated (and unfortunately also little seen). Chabrol is best at making slow-boiling, cerebral mystery/thrillers that manage to strangely succeed without a lot of overt violence or much eroticism (the latter especially makes him very atypical of French directors). He's a little out of his element here (in what is more Polanski territory), but not as much as, say, when he tried to adapt Henry Miller years later. It's generally agreed, he returned to form right after this with "Violette" and "Blood Relatives", but I didn't find him to be entirely "out of form" here.

Sylvia Kristel is most famous, then and now, for the softcore porn hit "Emmanuelle", and was kind of synonymous with sex in the 70's. Personally, I always thought she got upstaged in her "Emmmanuelle" movies by more attractive female co-stars like Christine Boissant, Catherine Rivet, Charlotte Alexandra, and even Laura Gemser (who had a cameo in "Emmanuelle 2" and went on to appear in the less arty, but much more entertaining Italian rip-off series "Black Emanuelle"). I suppose for a softcore porn star, Kristel was a pretty decent actress, but she didn't hold a candle to other Chabrol collaborators like Issabelle Huppert. She's not especially believable as a naïve, child-like "Alice in Wonderland" characters, but at least I didn't spend the movie wanting to strangle her like I did Sydney Rome's annoying character in Polanski's (otherwise excellent) "What?". She does have her usual full-frontal nude scenes here. Are they pretty gratuitous? Yes. Am I complaing? Not really.

I would recommend this to both Kristel and Chabrol fans, although both--for different reasons--might be a little disappointed. But I think it's an interesting movie and worth seeing for anybody.


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