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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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A long lost masterpiece, 24 November 2008
Author: bexelibeth from United Kingdom

Rollin's 'Les Paumées du petit matin' is finally being released in the UK and US by Redemption Films, re-titled 'The Escapees'. In the same vein as Night of the Hunted and Requiem for a Vampire, Rollin tells the tale of two young runaway girls escaping from an institution.

It might not be as accomplished as some of Rollin's greats, but it contains truly unforgettable scenes, imbued with all the ethereal, surreal qualities of a stylish Rollin masterpiece.

The stunning Britte Lahaie makes an appearance, which is as good a reason as any to buy this film, and Redemption promise an original negative in their release.

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