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Head Against the Wall (1959)

La tête contre les murs (original title)
In order to get rid of his troublesome son François, Maître Gérane manages to have him committed to a mental hospital owned by Dr. Varmont, a supporter of traditional treatments, in ... See full summary »

Director:

Georges Franju

Writers:

Hervé Bazin (novel) (as Hervé Bazin de l'Académie Goncourt), Jean-Pierre Mocky (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Brasseur ... Dr. Varmont
Paul Meurisse ... Dr. Emery
Jean-Pierre Mocky ... François Gérane
Anouk Aimée ... Stéphanie
Jean Galland ... Maître Gérane
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... Comte Elzéar de Chambrelle
Thomy Bourdelle ... Colonel Donnadieu
Rudy Lenoir Rudy Lenoir ... Le planqué
Roger Legris ... Decauville
Henri San Juan Henri San Juan ... Patron du billard
Edith Scob ... La folle qui chante
René Alié René Alié
Luc Andrieux Luc Andrieux ... Un infirmier
Doudou Babet Doudou Babet ... Le Noir
Claude Badolle Claude Badolle
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In order to get rid of his troublesome son François, Maître Gérane manages to have him committed to a mental hospital owned by Dr. Varmont, a supporter of traditional treatments, in constant conflict with Dr. Emery, whose therapy takes the psychology of patients into account. François soon makes friends with Heurtevent, a sweet epileptic, and both decide to escape from the place. Their attempt is a failure and Heurtevent, unable to get over what he considers a return to hell, commits suicide. But rebellious François tries again and this time around he is successful. He finds shelter at his friend Stephanie's home... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

20 March 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Head Against the Wall See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good, But Not a Masterpiece
18 March 2009 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

If a film is hard to find and directed by an interesting director, this does not automatically make it a masterpiece. "La Tête Contre les Murs" is mostly heavy going, talky, and often tedious. The film is nicely shot in black & white, but Maurice Jarre's score adds little to the experience. A sluggishly paced film with few memorable moments.

Mocky, Brasseur and Meurisse are certainly assets to this project. Fans of Charles Aznavour can see him shortly before his great breakthrough in "Shoot the Piano Player". He is quite good here as well. Anouk Aimée is fine too, soon to make an impression in "La Dolce Vita".

"La Tête" is on DVD finally, so the curious can see for themselves. Just OK, not some great lost masterwork.


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