6.4/10
24
1 user 2 critic

Le grand départ (1972)

A mysterious man, who calls himself Cain, withdraws from the world masquerading as a holy man and brings with him a young girl, Innocence, promising that they will soon reach paradise, ... See full summary »

Director:

Martial Raysse

Writer:

Martial Raysse (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Sterling Hayden ... M. Nature / The Leader
Anne Wiazemsky ... Mona Lisa
Gilles Raysse Gilles Raysse ... Caïn
Lucienne Hamon Lucienne Hamon ... Mme Nature
Alexandre Raysse Alexandre Raysse ... Innocence
Jackie Raynal Jackie Raynal ... Sterling Hayden's Wife
Edit

Storyline

A mysterious man, who calls himself Cain, withdraws from the world masquerading as a holy man and brings with him a young girl, Innocence, promising that they will soon reach paradise, where Monsieur Nature reigns. The non-narrative story is an allegory follows the adventures of a man in a cat-mask. He is seen, variously, rescuing people or raping women, or tenderly reassuring a young girl. In short, he is an unpredictable element. He joins forces with someone (Sterling Hayden) who is taking a raft around the world, or maybe out of the world. Highlights of the film are the short scenes which appear with their color the right way 'round. Written by Singh

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

User Reviews

 
Defies all conventions, a total mind-trip
10 July 2020 | by Lynchian696See all my reviews

The Grand départ is an experimental film from the painter and sculptor Martial Raysse, released in 1972. A couple watch the interview of a politician and they have a banter on socialism and the influence of modernism. They are suddenly interrupted by a young guy wearing a cat mask and he escapes from the spot. The story gets weirder from this point onward as the logics are reversed with characters taking up names and identities with symbolism as they look forward to the "Great Departure" promised by the bearded guru ( Sterling Hayden ) in the woods nearby. The hippie cult frolicking with the Guru join this madness to liberate themselves from Earthly concern and make it to Paradise. The Cat guy molests a girl in the woods, and she dies, this leads to the conclusion that he represents death and strange things occur later during the departure. This is a cerebral experience with few dialogues and the music by Daevid Allen / Gong in particular is simply hypnotic. It is definitely not for everyone, but for appreciators of avant-garde / experimental films, looking for some stunning cinematography from a different and subversive perspective, I say check it out. Plus, I'm sure even the ones that might not like the film will at least dig the demoniacal noise soundtrack.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

15 November 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Departure See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sunchild Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed