Two unemployed actors live off a diet of booze and pills. They attempt to exchange their squalid existance for a week in the countryside. However violent downpours and unfavorable locals prove to be less than ideal.
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Deserving of cult status, partly due to this line from Uncle Monty:
"Laisse-moi, respirer, longtemps, longtemps, l'odeur de tes cheveux. Oh, Baudelaire. Brings back such memories of Oxford. Oh, Oxford..."
There's a great Rivette film here just struggling to get out. The idea of two actors denied work, who cast themselves in an extended performance, each playing the role that the other expects them to play, could have gone the way of Céline & Julie. It needed more space to trail off, to break from reality, to challenge the characters preconceptions, before coming back down to earth for its crushing final scenes.
***1/2 . A tribute to all those who didn't make it to the 1970's because they lost their soul in the way or because they simply died. A tribute to all weak-willed of the world. Good dialogues and two tunes by Jimi Hendrix. The gay vaudeville between Richard Griffiths and Paul McGann was pointless. Recommended. Once.
Incredibly entertaining dark comedy from writer-director Bruce Robinson. Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann have created two of the most memorable screen characters in comedy history, and then there's the hilarious Richard Griffiths. Sharp, absurd, and cynical - though it does go on a bit too long. Definitely deserves its cult movie status.