Wednesday, February 18, 2009


(1969, WGer/Fr/Lux, 117m)
d/p Barbet Schoeder sc Barbet Schroeder, Paul Gégauff ph Nestor Almendros ed Denise de Casabianca, Rita Roland ad Nestor Almendros, Fran Lewis m The Pink Floyd cast Mimsy Farmer, Klaus Grünberg, Heinz Engelman, Michel Chanderli, Henry Wolf, Louise Wink, Barbet Schroeder

Schroeder’s first film as director after several years producing for Rohmer is a tale of reckless, directionless youth. Stefan has just finished his studies in Germany and sets off to “experience life”. He follows American Estelle from Paris to Ibiza, but is too uptight to enjoy her nihilistic post-May ‘68 existence; until, that is, they hide out in a cliffside villa and she dares him into his first fix. Schroeder’s metaphysical concerns are overshadowed by the drugs (including fearful concoction of everything they can find in the house) and the multi-lingual cast are more often stilted than not; with two admirably uncharming protagonists, sympathy for the film is very much reliant on one’s interest in watching kids get high. But the aura of authenticity has an anthropological interest, the moral viewpoint is resolutely objective and it is certainly easy on the eye – no Christiane F squalor here. And, if you can dig it, the soundtrack from The Pink Floyd is pretty groovy.

© Time Out Film Guide

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