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Les valseuses (1974)
Misogynistic, aimless, dated
I admit I didn't watch this movie to the end. In fact, I made it to 30 minutes, and even that was a struggle. The fact is, this is perhaps the most misogynistic movie I've ever seen.
The only real theme that emerges, with four scenes involving three different women and an unseen teenage girl in those 30 minutes, is a strongly anti-women message. I'm a male, by the way.
Aside from this misogyny, the acting is mediocre, the script and plot are thin (a road trip to nowhere, except excuses to sexually assault more women perhaps?), the characters so convincingly unlikable that perhaps they aren't really acting, etc.
As for the relatively high rating on IMDb, I guess this is something of a cult movie. But is isn't artistic in any way, not really. There's nothing thoughtful about the cinematography or the score, and as I said, the script and plot are weak. These characters aren't beatniks or hippies looking for some meaning in their lives. Instead, I rather imagine them voting for the Front National.
Perhaps I didn't understand the movie. But then again, after watching those 30 minutes, I don't want to understand the movie. It is irredeemable, and Depardieu is a huge disappointment for agreeing to make it.