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3 March 1976 (France) See more »
In a vacation camp somewhere in the French country, 1960. Marc et Philippe are two of the counsellors... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Dewaere ... Marc

Patrick Bouchitey ... Philippe
Christine Pascal ... Chantal
Claude Piéplu ... Camp director
Marc Chapiteau ... Gerard
Michel Blanc ... Deloux
Michel Such ... Leni
Frank D'Ascanio ... Herve
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nathan Miller ... Kid with glasses (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Miller 
Writing credits
Claude Miller (scenario)

Luc Béraud (adaptation and dialogue) &
Claude Miller (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Mag Bodard .... co-producer: Cinémag
Jean-François Davy .... co-producer: Contrechamp
Hubert Niogret .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alain Jomy 
Cinematography by
Bruno Nuytten 
Film Editing by
Jean-Bernard Bonis 
Production Design by
Hilton McConnico  (as Hilton Mac Connico)
Costume Design by
Hilton McConnico  (as Hilton Mac Connico)
Makeup Department
Joël Lavau .... makeup artist (as Joël Lavaud)
Production Management
Armand Barbault .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Béraud .... assistant director
Michel Such .... assistant director
Art Department
Diego Blanco .... trainee set designer
Sound Department
Maurice Gilbert .... sound mixer
Paul Lainé .... sound
Michel Villain .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Bihi .... gaffer
Olivier Lapeyrère .... assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Pasquier .... still photographer
Edouard Pezzali .... key grip
Joël Quentin .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Annie Miller .... assistant editor
Sophie Planché .... assistant editor
Other crew
Anne Beraud .... press attache
Joseline Bonneau .... accountant
Marta Carliski .... press attache (as Marta Carlisky)
Jacques Fontanier .... intern
Miguelle Monthieux .... production secretary
Martine Revert .... script supervisor
Daniel Vaissaire .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"La meilleure façon de marcher" - France (original title)
"The Best Way" - International (English title) (short title)
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82 min | USA:85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The title is inspired by a holiday camp song. The lyrics are : The best way to walk, after all, is ours. It's to put a foot in front of the other and then doing it again.See more »
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65 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
A film for the humiliated ones., 23 June 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

Claude Miller's most important work is today stronger than it was in 1976.It's a must ,the French cinema at its most ambitious ,at its deepest,at its best.And nothing intellectual,nothing to do with the nouvelle vague pretentiousness,"la meilleure façon de marcher" is accessible to all those who have eyes and ears.

It features one of the strongest actors confrontations which can be seen on a screen:the sadly missed Dewaere and the subtle Bouchitey literally live their part,they are so real we have the very rare feeling of knowing them intimately.So intense Bouchitey's performance was that afterward he did not get the roles he did deserve:the directors stayed with the picture of a "drag queen" .

"La meilleure façon de marcher" pits the virile macho boy against the intellectual sensitive guy.It brings out the mechanics of the humiliation.It deals with the demanding subject of our "skeletons in the closet" ,our hidden odd habits ,all that we want to hide from the outside world.It would be too simple to consider Philippe's one (dressing up as a woman)as a very rare occurrence ."I'm sure I could find something in your room" he screams to Marc,who has discovered his secret and then makes him his punching bag.In a world in seclusion such as a boys holiday camp in 1960,where women are absent (with the exception of Philippe's fiancée,who only appears in the second part),there are secrets beyond any door:from the children who hide a pornographic paper under a Mickey Mouse comic strip to the epileptic counselor who 's got dirty pictures under his pillow.And the ones who

look "normal",like the hairy Marc,are they as "straight" as they seem?

Marc is probably in love with Philippe and as he cannot bring himself to take the plunge ,he humiliates him to death .Hatred rises ,reaching unbelievable heights,culminating in this unbearable scene when Marc forces Philippe to eat his own vomit.

The dialog is close to perfection:full of allusions,of threatening sentences,of veiled accusations;and what is left unsaid is all the more disturbing.Most of the time,we really feel ill-at -ease.That's why Claude Pieplu's part is so necessary:a comic relief ,his suggestion box is irresistibly funny.Deprived of these hilarious sequences,the movie would be desperate.

But Claude Miller wanted his demeaned characters to rebel;the first one in the pool where the one of the counselors says f..... you to the director.But the best comes when Philippe,in his woman's dress (A Spanish dancer) invites Marc ,dressed up as a toreador ,to dance.You should notice that in Marc's room,there was a poster of a toreador fighting a bull."What's making me itch,is making you itch too!" he cries out as his persecutor pretends to find it funny but in fact has to force himself to laugh.

Miller's intelligence shines in the last sequence too when he puts his characters back in "normal " life.The two "enemies" act as if nothing happened .Their behaviour stems from the establishment which does not know deviancy .Now that Philippe exists socially speaking,he's respectable ,even if he does not plan to get marry -as Marc is -,he's no longer a victim.Generally you find punching bags in schools ,holiday camps or barracks,in places where frustration leads to search for someone to spit at (generally people who do not like sports).

A film that cannot be praised too highly.

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