“Get Out Your Handkerchiefs”—And Do What?

Bertrand Blier‘s film Going Places (1974) is vile. His Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, from 1978, is better; it’s merely obtuse and somewhat offensive, with some lousy characterization. Gerard Depardieu stars as a man who cannot understand his depressed wife, Solange. A comedy, the movie at least tells us something about the constant effort to find hope (even through listening to Mozart), but it conveys another message as well: that women are inexplicable and generally weak.

Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere are fine actors. Carole Laure is okay but nothing more as the often naked Solange. On the subject of male-female relationships Handkerchiefs is poor. Thus it is a pretty poor film.

(In French with English subtitles)

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