All in all this is a thoroughly enjoyable watch, full of intensity and tortured passion with lots of arbitrary side commentaries and vignettes throughout, that only the french can do so well. Jean-Hugues Anglades subtlety and earnest performance marries so well with Béatrice Dalles raw uncouth delivery that we can’t help but get drawn into their world and feel their emotional struggle.
This one may be considered a little obscure unless you’re a closeted film geek like myself, but it’s a gem of existential jollification. The plot centres around an elite community of immortals with ultra advanced intelligence hidden away on a private farm sanctuary set in the distant future. Natural civilisation has long since collapsed and is remotely managed by the commune while they live out their blissed out yet ultimately boring existence. The sub class folk are left to fend for themselves in the outer zone. They are herded like sheep by an army of bandit ‘brutals’ who keep order by raping and pillaging. This has gone on for a long time until one day a brutal stows away on a flying craft and arrives on the farm. The inhabitants take a scientific interest in him and vote not to destroy him immediately, but rather to study him for fun. This is where things start to unravel and a sub plot begins to surface.
This is a low budget affair released in 1974, but it’s been done with such loving care and earnest investigation into deep philosophical subjects, that it deserves more attention than it generally receives. To get the most out of this film you really need to whole heartedly enter into the sprit of it and overlook some of the more cheesy aspects of it’s cheap and cheerful production. At it’s core are some really stimulating ideas and thought provoking concepts not often realised in such a format.
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