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To escape a gender war, a girl flees to a remote farmhouse and becomes part of an extensive family's unusual, perhaps even supernatural, lifestyle.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle, Joyce Buñuel (additional dialogue) (as Joyce Bunuel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cathryn Harrison ... Lily
Therese Giehse ... Old Lady (as Thérèse Giehse)
Alexandra Stewart ... Sister Lily
Joe Dallesandro ... Brother Lily
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Storyline

There is a war in the world between the men and the women. A young girl tries to escape this reality and comes to a hidden place where a strange unicorn lives with a family: Sister, Brother, many children and an old woman that never leaves her bed but stays in contact with the world through her radio. Since the content of this picture is not as important as the pictures and allegories, the simple plot can not be described further. Written by Benjamin Stello

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An apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland!


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 September 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Cahors, Lot, France

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed partially at director Louis Malle's country home in Cahors, France. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie Lily's blouse button continuously changes from done up to undone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man on Radio: Shall I describe to you the crime and vice that is being committed in the large cities of the world? I don't suppose...
[fades]
Man on Radio: ... I want to talk about your sin.
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Connections

Referenced in Waking Life (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Willy Boy, Willy Boy, Where Are You Going?
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Traditional
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A must see
21 December 2005 | by mcnalbriSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it was first released in the US in 1975. It played at the Carnegie Hall Cinema right underneath Carnegie Hall. One reviewer called it a disappointment but they must have seen another movie. The group I was with was about as sophisticated as film goers get and everyone of them were simply awed by this film. This is not a film you think you way through rather you let the archetypal symbolism sweep over you. The film works on the deep subconscious of the viewer and what at first appears to be complete madness slowly turns into a new reality that works. Eventually it all appears to be perfectly normal even though it's anything but.

I will never forget walking home from the theater to the upper west side that night in the freezing subzero temperatures. Homeless people, wrapped in whatever clothes they could find, trying in vain to keep warm held out their empty hands in hope some one would drop a coin in them. It was a dark, empty and bitter cold city devoid of any feeling and I recall thinking that this was the real madness and the movie seemed so warm and inviting by comparison. I consider this film to a true masterpiece that for some bizarre reason has simply dropped off the radar screen. Carl Jung would have loved it, see it and see what I mean, if you can find it. Magnificent and exquisite cinematography by Sven Nykvist, Ingmar Bergmans famous director of Photography.


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