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72 Ratings

La salamandre

Directed by Alain Tanner
Switzerland, 1971
Comedy, Drama


Rosemonde the Salamander is a young girl who gets by thanks to low-paid jobs of all kinds. She is suspected of attempting to kill the uncle with whom she lives. A journalist and a writer are hired to get to the bottom of this mystery, as the basis for a television film scenario.

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La salamandre
Directed by Alain Tanner

Awards & Festivals

Festival de Cannes

1971 | Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Berlin International Film Festival

1971 | 2 wins including: OCIC Award - Recommendation (Forum of New Cinema)

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1972 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Actress

Melbourne International Film Festival


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  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film La salamandre

    Geneva in b&w two years after the events of May 68 in France. Jean-Luc Godard was in the middle of his Maoïst period and the members of the Group 5 (5 young directors of the French speaking part of Switzerland) proposed their first movies then. This one earned an OCIC award in Berlin. As though it is a little bit verbose at times, The Salamander is nonetheless a must for those of us interested in Swiss cinema.