Murder, committed by various people for various reasons, is the subject of Bertrand Blier’s dark and penetrating comedy. Alphonse Tram is a little surprised when he finds his switchblade embedded in the body of a total stranger—after all, he’s sure he didn’t put it there. But others who have killed remember their actions very well. And Alphonse befriends one of those guilty parties, one whose victim just happened to be Alphonse Tram’s wife. Tram is pulled into a surrealistic, darkly comic web of murder and deceit that all leads back to his almost vacant, prefabricated high-rise apartment building and the police inspector upstairs. Grim, off-putting stuff from iconoclast Blier. —amazon.co.uk
Bertrand Blier directs erotic buddy movies featuring men who are exasperated by the opposite sex, who perceive of themselves as macho but are incapable of satisfying the women in their lives. In actuality, his heroes are terrified of feminism, of the “new woman” who demands her right to experience and enjoy orgasm. But Blier’s females are in no way villainesses. They are just elusive—and so alienated that they can only find fulfillment from oddballs or young boys.
Going Places (Les Valseuses , which in French is slang for testicles), based on Blier’s best-selling novel, was a box office smash in France. Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere both achieved stardom as a couple of outsiders, adult juvenile delinquents, whose sexual and sadistic adventures are chronicled as they travel across France. They are both unable to bring to orgasm a young beautician (played by Miou-Miou) they pick up and take on as a sexual partner. They then attempt to please an older woman (Jeanne Moreau… read more