“Going Places” Simply Nose Dives

The notorious French film about two overgrown boys, worthless, who would rather steal than work and whose toys are women, Going Places (1974) has something to say about the spiritual and emotional  malnourishment whose results are degradation and drift.  But in addition to having a precarious screenplay, the film has a writer-director, Bertrand Blier, who can’t quite hide his basic misogyny any more than he wishes to hide footage of objectionable excess.

Blier is excessive about three things:  female stupidity, sex, and—remember the French actress Miou-Miou, who’s in this movie?—showing Miou-Miou’s naked breasts.  It’s an early Seventies film, all right.

(The photo is of Bertrand and Miou-Miou)












English: Director of photography Bertrand Blie...


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