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Themroc (1973)

Made without proper language, just gibberish and grunts, this is an absurdist comedy about a man who rejects every facet of normal bourgeois life and turns his apartment into a virtual cave.


Claude Faraldo
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Credited cast:
Michel Piccoli ... Themroc
Béatrice Romand ... La soeur de Themroc / Themroc's sister
Marilù Tolo ... La secrétaire
Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... La voisine / the neighbor
Jeanne Herviale Jeanne Herviale ... La mère de Themroc / Themroc's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Aron Jean Aron
Paul Barrault Paul Barrault
Romain Bouteille Romain Bouteille ... Un ouvrier / Le patron hargneux / Le voisin / Le flic-A Worker / The Surprising Boss / The Neighbor / The Cop
Stéphane Bouy Stéphane Bouy ... Un ouvrier / Un policier
Coluche ... Le jeune voisin / Un ouvrier / Un flic
Madeleine Damien Madeleine Damien
Patrick Dewaere ... Le maçon
François Dyrek François Dyrek ... Un policier
Michel Fortin Michel Fortin ... Un ouvrier / Un CRS
Henri Guybet ... Un ouvrier


This extraordinary romp uses no language whatever, except gestures and grunts. When Themroc rebels against the dull conformity of his life with flamboyant anarchistic splendor, the whole world quickly goes howling mad. His day starts, as usual, when his mother more-or-less drags him out of bed and kicks him out the door to go to his factory job, which supports them all. At the factory, when he is called onto the carpet, he quits (but not before fondling the boss's secretary). Back at home, he makes love to his sister and then transforms the family's apartment into a more primitive abode. The conditions of the stone-age quickly return.

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A great image of our tragic state of life
17 August 2010 | by molllevSee all my reviews

I wonder why none of the reviews are attending us on that unforgettable, tragic last pictures of the movie: a deadly frozen world, their arms in vain stretched outside through the gaps in the prisoning wall; in silence lost screaming by human beings whose irrealism did not succeed in their hopeful but anarchistic fighting for an authentic natural life; caught back worse than ever before in a senseless but common life: our daily world without real communicative language. The movie is a great piece of art, a forceful protest, biting but humorous as well, against an inhumane way of one-dimensional existing. Yes, in the spirit of those years, the seventies (Marcuse!); but transcending that time in deeply moving images, a huge everlasting metaphor of human existence in a world of scattered hope for Sense and Quality.

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Release Date:

October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il mangiaguardie See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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