A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
Ferdinand Griffon, married to a wealthy Italian wife, has recently been fired from the television station where he worked. His wife forces him to go to a party at the home of her influential father, who wants to introduce him to a potential employer. Her brother brings babysitter Marianne Renoir to take care of their children. Feeling bored at the bourgeois party, Ferdinand borrows his brother-in-law's car to head home. He meets Marianne, who was his mistress five years ago and insists on calling him Pierrot, and offers to take her home. They spend the night together and he learns that she's involved in smuggling weapons. When terrorists chase her, they decide to leave Paris and his family behind and go on the run, on a crazy journey to nowhere.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ferdinand tells the couple in the cafe the "story of Guynemer". Georges Guynemer was a French fighter pilot of the First World War, credited with 54 kills. He became a French national hero by the time of his death at the age of 22. See more »
Aren't you wearing a slip?
La femme de Ferdinand:
No. I'm wearing my new Maidenform girdle, it's invisible.
[Reading an advertisement]
"In my new trousers I've got that young look with Maidenform!"
[Talking to himself]
After Athens, after the Renaissance, we are now entering the civilization of the rump.
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On the French Studio Canal Blu-Ray release, the green tinting is missing in the party scenes near the beginning of the film. It is intact on the American Criterion Collection Blu-Ray release. See more »
I was fifteen when I saw this movie for the first time. I didn't knew much about cinema at this time. I didn't knew much about art either, nor music, nor nothing. But I will never forget the shock it was for me to discover that movie. This was pure poetry, it was the first time in my life I ever saw blue color, red and yellow. You don't have to be intellectual to love this movie, just a free child.
About some strange English subtitles I have on my DVD:
At the end of the movie, we can hear in French the first lines of a poem by Arthur Rimbaud (L'Eternité, 1872):
(Here I wanted to write the original french lines, but I'm not allowed. Curious world.)
It's ours again / what is ? / eternity / No that's just the sea And the Sun
It should have been:
It is found again./ What is ? Eternity/ It is the sea/ Gone with the sun./
Minute 41. Ferdinand and Marianne are watching the man on the moon.
F: - He thinks your legs and your breasts are very moving/ M: - Be quiet
But I can hear in French:
F: - I find your legs and your breasts very moving/ M: - Fcuk me
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