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The Night of the Hunted (1980)

La nuit des traquées (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 20 August 1980 (France)
A woman is taken to a mysterious clinic whose patients have a mental disorder in which their memories and identities are disintegrating as a result of a strange environmental accident.

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Jean Rollin

Writer:

Jean Rollin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Lahaie ... Elysabeth
Alain Duclos Alain Duclos ... Robert
Dominique Journet ... Véronique
Bernard Papineau ... Le docteur Francis
Rachel Mhas Rachel Mhas ... Solange
Cathy Stewart ... Catherine (as Catherine Greiner)
Natalie Perrey Natalie Perrey ... La mère
Christiane Farina Christiane Farina ... Christiane
Élodie Delage Élodie Delage ... Marie (as Véronique Délaissé)
Jean Hérel Jean Hérel ... Jacques
Vincent Gardère
Dominique Saint-Cyr Dominique Saint-Cyr
Gregoire Cherlian Gregoire Cherlian ... Le gardien
Jean Cherlian Jean Cherlian ... L'homme de main
Jack Gatteau Jack Gatteau ... Pierre (as Jacques Gatteau)
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On a cold dark night, a man is driving through the countryside and discovers a young woman who seems to be running from something. The man stops and puts her in his car and does not notice another woman, who is completely naked, calling out for her. The woman tells the man that her name is Elizabeth; she insists there are people after her but she seems to be confused and frightened. He takes Elizabeth to his apartment in Paris and realizes she is incapable of remembering anything for any length of time. He tells her his name is Robert, which she has trouble remembering a few minutes later. She begs him not to leave her as she will forget him, and the pair make love, during which Robert tells Elizabeth to remember his face so she will never forget this time together. The next morning Robert has to go to work and when he's gone, Dr. Francis breaks into his apartment to persuade Elizabeth to return to the clinic, where she escaped from, where people are being treated for memory loss. On ... Written by lament

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 August 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

FRF40,000 (estimated)
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Impex Films See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Shivers of Caligari
27 October 2011 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Rollin's images are usually pure enough in just being themselves, that it's all a matter of how much concentrated emptiness he can shape around them; in other words he does story poorly, so when he manages to concentrate just a few strands around a sense of place his films can soothe with a dreamlike resonance.

The story here is about distraught amnesiacs kept under lock in a mysterious apartment complex. So we get a lot of somnambulist wanderings along empty corridors, a lot of stanzas about the ineffabilities of touch and connection in clinical environments; always on the verge between paralysis and sleep, bursts of emotional clarity - usually in the nude - drowned by despair.

The imports are distinctly Cartesian; so the mind matters, thought matters because ergo we are, memory, the self. Losing these is tantamount to a spiritual death.

So a lot of outdated ruminations on a philosophical level, not to say anything of Rollin's tendency to eventually rationalize the mystifying in a way that, looking back, we can contend ourselves that it all somehow made sense; here nonsense about a nuclear spill and the mind deteriorating on a cellular level.

But the sense of place is occasionally just powerful enough, the emptiness mirrored outside in desolate urban landscapes, that it merits one viewing for fans. You can relax with this, but perhaps a bit too much.


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