In prison, two prisoners suspected of having denounced a prisoner that has been executed, managed to escape. They take refuge in an isolated cabin in the middle of the marshes, killing its occupant and sequestering the executed man’s mistress.
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Pre-New Wave French Noir prison break picture doesn't let up on the tension for a moment. First, the tension of the prison break, a life-or-death necessity, then the sexual tension between the two escapees and their beautiful hostage. Great direction, great photography. 4.6 stars.
Like Nakahira's Crazed Fruit in Japan, the early concerns of the French New Wave are prefigured here: criminality and the male bond, the girl with a gun, the death pact. Hossein, a director of anxiety, nerve; it hurts that we can't be familiar with his work as Godard obviously was, dreaming of Marina Vlady, Bande à part, Pierrot le Fou. Recommended: Hossein's spaghetti western, Cemetery Without Crosses.