Immoral Women

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Immoral Women
Les héroïnes du mal.jpg
Official Teaser Poster
Directed by Walerian Borowczyk
Produced by Pierre Braunberger
Written by Walerian Borowczyk
André Pieyre de Mandiargues
Starring Françoise Quéré
Marina Pierro
Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Music by Philippe d'Aram
Olivier Dassault
Cinematography Bernard Daillencourt
Edited by Walerian Borowczyk
Argos Films
Films du Jeudi
Distributed by Argos Films
Release date
  • 7 March 1979 (1979-03-07)
Running time
114 minutes
Country France
Language French

Immoral Women (French: Les héroïnes du mal) is a 1979 French erotic drama directed by Walerian Borowczyk,[1] written by Borowczyk and André Pieyre de Mandiargues[2] and starring Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Marina Pierro and Françoise Quéré.[3]


The film is divided into three self-contained episodes, set in different time periods and featuring female protagonists whose names all start with letter M as in the word mal (evil) and who commit crimes of passion.

  • "Margherita", the ambitious mistress of the painter Raphael. Rome, 1520. This episode contains unsimulated sex between Margherita and Tomaso.[4]
  • "Marceline", the desirous adolescent daughter of a bourgeois family. Fin de siècle France.
  • "Marie", the clever wife of a wealthy gallery owner. Modern day Paris.


  • Marina Pierro as Margherita Luti
  • Gaëlle Legrand as Marceline Caïn
  • Pascale Christophe as Marie
  • François Guétary as Raphael Sanzio
  • Jean-Claude Dreyfus as Bini
  • Jean Martinelli as Pope
  • Pierre Benedetti as Mad Painter
  • Philippe Desboeuf as Doctor
  • Noël Simsolo as Julio Romano
  • Roger Lefrere as Michelangelo
  • Gérard Falconetti as Tomaso
  • Hassane Fall as Petrus
  • France Rumilly as Madame Cain
  • Yves Gourvil as Cain
  • Lisbeth Arno as Floka
  • Gérard Ismaël as Antoine
  • Henri Piégay as Husband
  • Mathieu Rivollier
  • Robert Capia
  • Daniel Marty
  • Jacky Baudet
  • Sylvain Ramsamy
  • Jean Boullu
  • Françoise Quéré
  • Mazouz Ould-Abderrahmane
  • Bernard Hiard


The score was composed by Philippe d'Aram and Olivier Dassault.[5]


The film premiered on 7 March 1979 in a cinema release.[6]


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