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Going Places (1974)

Les valseuses (original title)
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Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Blier

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Jean-Claude
Miou-Miou ... Marie-Ange
Patrick Dewaere ... Pierrot
Christian Alers Christian Alers ... Henri the Father of Jacqueline
Brigitte Fossey ... Woman on the train
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Bruno the Surgeon
Gérard Boucaron Gérard Boucaron ... Carnot the Car Mechanic
Jacques Chailleux Jacques Chailleux ... Jacques Pirolle
Eva Damien Eva Damien ... the Car Mechanic
Dominique Davray ... Ursula / Suzanne
Isabelle Huppert ... Jacqueline
Marco Perrin ... Supermarket inspector
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... Watchman at the Mammouth Store
Claude Vergnes Claude Vergnes ... Merlan the Hair-stylist
Jeanne Moreau ... Jeanne Pirolle
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Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: whether it's cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive hairdresser, joins them as lover, cook, and mother confessor. She's on her own search for seemingly unattainable sexual pleasure. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Places See more »

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(restored: 1999)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The original French title is slang for "balls" (the testicular variety). See more »

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A weird romp across France
19 October 2012 | by knucklebreatherSee all my reviews

"Going Places" is the English title of a 1974 French film with two of the famous actors of the era, Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere, as freewheeling hoodlums of highly questionable morality. The episodic movie follows their adventures as they try to, among other things, live without working and give pleasure to frigid to women. The latter endeavor includes seducing a soldier's bride on a train, literally chasing a woman through the streets, picking up a woman randomly as she leaves prison, and what becomes their ultimate challenge, giving pleasure to Marie-Ange, who is all too willing to have sex but has never had an orgasm.

No one would ever accuse this movie of being politically correct. It is sexist, the heroes are brutish criminals, but the point isn't really that they're doing anything noble or should be forgiven for their sins. It is more of a meditation on self destruction, although I think the fun of this movie is just the tragic black comedy of their hopeless adventures, not analyzing it for some deeper meaning.

I enjoyed the soundtrack a lot, well the main theme that kept being repeated, and the credit music was a perfect coda. This is a great French film from the 70s, check it out.


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