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The Escapees (1981)

Les paumées du petit matin (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama
On the run from an asylum for the insane, a feisty young girl and a forlorn female companion embark on a surreal journey with a group of traveling erotic dancers. Wandering from the fantastic to the farcical and back again,

Director:

Jean Rollin

Writers:

Jacques Ralf (dialogue), Jean Rollin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Dubas Laurence Dubas ... Michelle
Christiane Coppé Christiane Coppé ... Marie
Marianne Valiot Marianne Valiot ... Sophie (as Marianne Valio)
Patrick Perrot Patrick Perrot ... Pierrot
Louise Dhour Louise Dhour ... Mme Louise
Jean-Louis Fortuit Jean-Louis Fortuit
Jean Hérel Jean Hérel
Claude Lévèque Claude Lévèque
Patricia Mercurol Patricia Mercurol
Brigitte Lahaie ... Femme couple bourgeois
Céline Royce Céline Royce
Jean Philippe Delamarre Jean Philippe Delamarre
Bernard Papineau
Natalie Perrey Natalie Perrey
Pearl June Pearl June
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On the run from an asylum for the insane, a feisty young girl and a forlorn female companion embark on a surreal journey with a group of traveling erotic dancers. Wandering from the fantastic to the farcical and back again,

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France

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French

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1.78 : 1
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On the look out for something better
21 December 2016 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

At one time this was one of Jean Rollin's lost films, but in the age of DVD/Blu-ray its becoming a thing of the past. So is it worth the lime-light(?)... for me, it's a no. That's not implying its awful, just strictly mundane and forgettable low-budget drama.

There's really nothing there, outside a couple of brief moments highlighting Rollin's signature touches (two young women, erotic lesbianism and haunting tragedy). It just lacked those surreal images or better put dream-like quality, instead favouring a glum, down-to- earth reality to tell a tale about the journey of a pair of runaways from an insane asylum. The journey doesn't really add up to much, as it meanders and falls on the repetitiveness with its talkative nature. Because visually it's not striking enough, the plot less nature is found out by being bogged down and it slowly moves from one scenario to another with little conviction. Although the last 10 minutes or so, is where Rollin shines (outside the intro and ice-skating ring scene).

Laurence Dubas and Christiane Coppé are quite good as the two runaways. Watching their neurotic relationship develop made the ending much more effective. Also showing up in a minor bit part is Rollin's regular Brigitte Lahaie.

"The Escapees" is nothing more, nothing less then a curio.


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