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On the run from an asylum for the insane, a feisty young girl and a forlorn female companion embark on a surreal journey with a group of traveling erotic dancers. Wandering from the fantastic to the farcical and back again, | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Jean Rollin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Ralf  dialogue
Jean Rollin 

Original Music by
Philippe D'Aram 
Cinematography by
Claude Bécognée 
Makeup Department
Eric Pierre .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Monique Samarcq .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gaspard de Chavagnac .... second assistant director
Natalie Perrey .... first assistant director
Dominique Petit .... trainee assistant director
Dominique Treillou .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Claude Panier .... sound mixer
Jean-Claude Reboul .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Frédéric Bécognée .... assistant camera
Philippe Couston .... electrician
Etienne Jourdan .... electrician
Other crew
Jean-Noël Delamarre .... title designer
Natalie Perrey .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Les paumées du petit matin" - France (original title)
"The Runaways" - International (English title)
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France:95 min | UK:102 min (25 fps)
France:-18 | France:-16 (re-rating) | UK:18


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The sun, the light, Marie, 10 May 2009
Author: unbrokenmetal from Hamburg, Germany

Marie and Michelle are escaping from a lunatic asylum. Michelle is a tough girl who knows how to survive on the road, but the extremely shy Marie desperately clings to her until Michelle gives in and promises help. The two get into a lot of trouble which puts their friendship to a test.

Rollin's lost movie, and lost for a good reason, as the director told in several interviews (one on the British DVD, for example): it was simply so poor no distributor bought it. The director blames this mostly on the scriptwriter. The producer had hired someone to keep the director from continuing with his usual vampire mystery stuff, and that kind of co-operation against each other couldn't work. However, "The Escapees" has enough magic moments to be worth watching. Especially when people stop talking such as in the ending, or when Marie skates on the ice, imagining she is admired by a crowd, but only Michelle is secretly watching her.

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