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During an orgy with minor girls, some old and wealthy notables are being murdered by a small group of leftist young revolutionaries. Very soon the police are tracking down Virgile Cabral, the leader of the group. Meanwhile, Virgile's brother and only relative, Vincent, a violonist (and a thief), comes back to Paris. They have not seen each other for three years. Vincent does not believe in the revolution. He only tries to live as he wishes to live. But by looking for his hunted down brother, he has no other choice than to be involved in a fight which is not his. Written by
Jean-Pierre Mocky tries to rescue terrorist brother
"Solo" (1970) is a neo-noir whose visual look and story may be ahead of its time. It's quite sleek and glistening-looking. The story line is something like a lovers-on-the-run noir, consisting mostly of pursuit by cops and the movements of those pursued in eluding them. Unlike lovers-on-the- run, we have here two brothers, one chases the other, and they do not get together.
Mocky is a violinist who steals and smuggles diamonds. Outwardly respectable, he's in society for what he can get. His younger brother has gone completely over to the anti-society, anti-capitalist, anti-bourgeois way of thinking and become a machine-gunner and bomber of selected targets -- a terrorist, along with a few other naive pals who have a vague objective of waking people up and bringing down the system.
Mocky learns that his brother has murdered a clique of rich old men having an orgy with young girls. The brother, Denis Le Guillou, and his buddies kill everyone, girls included. They're not fussy about their victims. Mocky sets out to find his brother and stop him from further killing, not so much because it's wrong or he's outraged but because it's a futile endeavor. Along the way he meets several of the band's members and has several sexual encounters as well. At first, Mocky is not wanted by police but quite soon, they are pursuing him too. So we have the pursuers pursuing Mocky who's pursuing his brother.
This is an interesting story that's offbeat and original. It's definitely noir with its focus mostly on characters whose relationships with society are not your average law-abiding citizens. The film doesn't compromise in building its characters. This makes it fresh. It might possibly have influenced the Italian poliziotteschi films that began to sprout about this time and into the 70s.
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