Going Places (1974 film)
|Directed by||Bertrand Blier|
|Produced by||Paul Claudon|
|Written by||Bertrand Blier
|Music by||Stéphane Grappelli|
|Edited by||Kenout Peltier|
|Release dates||20 March 1974|
|Running time||113 minutes|
Going Places (French: Les Valseuses) is a 1974 French comedy-drama film directed by Bertrand Blier, adapted from a novel by Blier, and starring Miou-Miou, Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere. The French title translates into English as "The Waltzers", a French vulgar term for the testicles. The film had a total of 5,726,031 admissions in France where it was the 3rd highest grossing film of the year.
Jean-Claude and Pierrot are two psychopathic thugs who spend their days harassing women and committing petty crimes. One day, they impulsively steal a hairdresser's car and go on a joyride. When they return the car, the hairdresser confronts them with a gun. Attempting to flee, Pierrot is shot in the groin. Jean-Claude disarms the hairdresser and grabs his pistol as well as his female assistant, Marie-Ange. The three flee in the hairdresser's car. Not wanting to risk arrest by going to a hospital, they break into the home of a local doctor and force him to treat Pierrot's wound, then rob him of all his cash. The trio then drive to a chop-shop outside of Paris. Jean-Claude offers Marie-Ange to the owner as payment for his services. The chop-shop owner rapes Marie-Ange, and is disappointed to discover that she doesn't mind being used as a sex object and doesn't fight back. Nonetheless, he agrees to sabotage the hairdresser's car so that, after they return it to the hairdresser, he will have a fatal accident. They return the car and drop off Marie-Ange, then go on the run.
They take a train to the coast. On the train, they encounter a lone mother with her baby, and sexually assault her. They arrive at a coastal holiday town, deserted at this time of year. They break into a local house and live there for several days. Pierrot is worried that his sex life has been ruined due to his groin injury.
- Gérard Depardieu as Jean-Claude
- Patrick Dewaere as Pierrot
- Miou-Miou as Marie-Ange
- Jeanne Moreau as Jeanne Pirolle
- Brigitte Fossey as Woman in the train
- Christian Alers as Jacqueline's father Henri
- Michel Peyrelon as The Doctor
- Gérard Boucaron as Carnot
- Jacques Chailleux as Jacques Pirolle
- Eva Damien as Doctor's wife
- Dominique Davray as Ursula
- Isabelle Huppert as Jacqueline
- Marco Perrin as Supermarket inspector
- Jacques Rispal as Maton
- Claude Vergues as Merian
- Thierry Lhermitte as the Doorman
- "Valseuse". Reverso. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
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