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Charles, Dead or Alive
Charles, Dead or Alive
661 Ratings


On the 100th anniversary of the founding of a watchmaking company in Geneva, its owner Charles Dé gives his family the slip and moves in with a young couple he meets by chance, doing the cooking, reading, drinking, and engaging in philosophical discussions with them.

Our take

For his 1969 feature debut, director Alain Tanner (In the White City) transplants the revolutionary spark and spirit of May ‘68 to his native Switzerland, intelligently examining a man’s attempt to trade his comfortable bourgeois life for the counterculture. Winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard!