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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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Quite dreary and lacking little-seen Rollin movie, 12 April 2011
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The Escapees is one of Jean Rollin's most obscure films. As I watched it I couldn't help but wonder just who this movie exactly was aimed at. It's a wilfully uncommercial film, even by Rollin's standards. And while I am for the most part a fan of the director's oeuvre I can't say I enjoyed this one very much at all. The main problem is it's so mundane and lacking in the otherworldly feel that is typical of the director's best work and is grounded too much in reality. While the basic idea of a couple of young melancholic girls on the run encountering a series of unusual events is textbook Rollin, the movie has none of the fantastique element to feed off. I've heard that this was a result of producers trying to impose certain restrictions on Rollin, and ensuring he did not make another of his idiosyncratic vampire movies. They wanted a more sell-able product but ironically ended up with an even less commercial film than the director would normally turn out. It's really not difficult to see why this became a lost film and effectively sank without a trace.

There are occasional moments that have the director's fingerprints all over them. Such as the scene in the ice rink at night. This memorable moment incorporates the poetic and slightly surreal imagery that Rollin is most loved for. Unfortunately, The Escapees rarely has any other sequences that approach this. Its fairly plot-less story just meanders from one low key scene to another with very little over all purpose. It doesn't feel like the director's heart is in this project and it isn't ultimately a lot of fun.

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