Surreal and pleasantly absurd. The photography and direction were amazing. This world Polanski created was beautiful and amazing. Lionel Stander stole the show and I'm officially in love with early-era Polanski.
Perhaps my favourite Roman Polanski film: weird, thrilling and often incredibly funny. The continuous, single-take, seven and a half minute sequence on the beach - beginning with Françoise Dorléac stripping off and running into the ocean, and ending with an airplane flying low over the camera - is a great example of how brilliant a filmmaker Polanski was during the first half of his career.
I really love some scenes of CUL-DE-SAC: all the scenes with Jack MacGowran or Pleasence and Stander's scenes together for the most part. But the film still looks pale in comparison with KNIFE IN THE WATER and REPULSION, maybe because the screenplay is at times rather loose: for instance, the visit of the Fairweather family doesn't bring anything to the story. But, all in all, a film to keep in one's library.
Des personnages dinguement hors du commun, des images qui font penser à Joyce, un délire absolument anglais par Polanski. 50 ans plus tard toujours aussi impressionnant, Que n'avez vous continué comme cela Mister Roman...
PS : Françoise Dorleac to much (sniff!!!)
What a hilarious movie "Cul-de sac"! Wonderful characters, brilliant acting! So many funny little things from a real life! Beautiful music! This is one of those films that i can watch many times and enjoy it.