A guy doesn’t just arrive on your doorstep one Sunday evening and knocks on the door claiming he’s come to piss you off. There has to be a reason. What reason? Why does he want to piss you off? Don’t ask why. Slam the door in his face and barricade yourself in if you want your life to go on as normal. I thought I was being friendly. I’m a liberal kind of guy. I let him in. He was old, quick-witted and unpleasant. I couldn’t shift him. He’s still here. Embedded in my neck like a tick. And I’m embedded in something soft that requires from me to remain hard. The body of a woman. You might say, “Count yourself lucky!” In some ways, it’s true. I am lucky. The only problem is that I’m not sure if the woman who seems to appreciate my style is Nacifa, the love of my life, or another, much less appetizing one, who’s been chasing after me for a while now like an over-zealous undertaker. Her name is death. –Cannes Film Festival
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