Going Places (1974 film)

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Going Places
Les Valseuses.jpg
Directed by Bertrand Blier
Produced by Paul Claudon
Written by Bertrand Blier
Philippe Dumarçay
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Patrick Dewaere
Miou-Miou
Jeanne Moreau
Isabelle Huppert
Music by Stéphane Grappelli
Cinematography Bruno Nuytten
Edited by Kenout Peltier
Release dates 20 March 1974
Running time 113 minutes
Country France
Language French

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.[1] The film had a total of 5,726,031 admissions in France where it was the 3rd highest grossing film of the year.[2]

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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.

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