Inmates in a French prison are attempting to fulfill their sexual and emotional needs under the confines of their individual cells. Two inmates in particular, who are in adjacent cells, try to make that connection to the other, both physical and emotional, in whatever way they can. In their current attempt to do so, they are so caught up in the fulfillment they receive of that connection that they fail to notice that a voyeuristic guard has been watching them through the small peep holes in their otherwise solid cell doors. The guard was tipped to the activity by one of the two men trying to pass a bouquet of wild flowers to the other via their barred cell windows. The guard confronts one of the inmates. Although their encounter is primarily violently physical, each man copes with the situation by fantasizing about what is truly in his heart.
Did You Know?
Originally made for distribution in limited edition prints for private collectors, there were three attempts to show the film: in 1954, in a cut version at the French Cinémathèque Française; in 1964, by Jonas Mekas
with a smuggled copy for private showings - eventually frustrated by the police; and in 1966, by Saul Landau
in two sessions in Los Angeles, California - the first at an Ancient Church, then San Francisco Mime Troupe's headquarter, Mission District, and the second at the Sheraton Palace Hotel - under police pressure and refusals from theater owners to rent them. The LA showings to capacity crowded theaters ended up in a notable court case that went to a 5-4 vote in the US Supreme Court to ban the film on obscenity reasons. The film was shown only in 1972, in Denmark. See more
Referenced in Gefängnisbilder