The Smugglers is the story of two women who run packages and people between warring nations. A wacky take on the action-adventure tale, the film exploits its low budget to offer a digressive and aggressive slapstick comedy.
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Occasional breath-taking imagery, an intuitive impulse to leave the camera running, reliance on striking physical landscape to provide interest where there otherwise is none. Neither revelatory nor easily dismissed.
Anarchic cinema at its most minimalist. The magic of the movies used against itself for comedic effect: as it turns out, it takes a long time to walk places, doing the dishes is a chore, and, before using your inflatable canoes, you must fill them with air. (Also, this movie was made in 1967, not 1961.)
Random as hell but occasionally playful, The Smugglers has a neat little storyline. However, its nonchalance and lack of drive of narrative causes it to drag. I do understand that that is part of the point. For me, this was the first French New Wave film that wasn't a primarily urban film. In all of its shabbiness, it does have a nice use of location.