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The Mushroom (1970)

Le champignon (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 8 April 1970 (France)
A young physician becomes lonely when his workaholic wife ignores him to concentrate on her professional career. He is befriended by an older female artist who is fond of hallucinogenic ... See full summary »


Marc Simenon


Alphonse Boudard (screenplay, adaptation and dialogue), Marc Simenon (screenplay and adaptation)


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Complete credited cast:
Mylène Demongeot ... Anne Calder
Jean-Claude Bouillon Jean-Claude Bouillon ... Le docteur Eric Calder
Alida Valli ... Linda Benson
Philippe Monnet Philippe Monnet ... Gaëtan Benson
Catherine Allégret ... Jeanette
Jean Claudio Jean Claudio ... L'inspecteur Kogan
Georges Géret ... Kurt
Guy Grosso ... L'acteur du film publicitaire
Claude Para Claude Para
François Simon François Simon ... Le juge d'instruction Forman
Gérard Carrat Gérard Carrat
Jean Landier Jean Landier
Robert Favart Robert Favart


A young physician becomes lonely when his workaholic wife ignores him to concentrate on her professional career. He is befriended by an older female artist who is fond of hallucinogenic mushrooms. When his wife is late for their anniversary celebration, he drinks and takes mushrooms with the artist. He wakes up to find she has died and is fearful he may have accidentally killed her. Written by Ørnås

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Italy | France | Switzerland



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1.66 : 1
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Psychedelic relic
4 November 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Psychedelia was already becoming fast a thing of the past by 1970 ,and however,Marc Simenon ,Georges Simenon's son felt compelled to include one of these wacky sequences in his "le champignon" (the mushroom (sic)) aka as "l'assassin frappe à l'aube" .Featuring his blonde wife Mylène Demongeot and totally wasting a first -class thespian such as Alida Valli -who had rarely been so ridiculous- ,Simenon tried to imitate Clouzot or Chabrol but his work is completely insignificant and is nothing but a jumble where we find a workaholic wife, her husband's war memories and his late mother who treated him bad, plus a neurotic young man,an old hoodlum,and a nymphomaniac painter who used drugs as the rock groups did in those trouble times:just for the sake of art..Ah it takes place in Switzerland and yes they treat themselves to a delicious fondue .

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