director Nelly Kaplan
screenplay N. Kaplan, Claude Makovksi
duration 108 minutes
Bernadette Lafont, Georges G?net, Michel Constantin, Jean Par?d?s, Julien Guiomar, Louis Malle (in der Rolle des Jesus)
cinematography Ricardo Aronovitch
music Georges Moustaki
Marie, object of desire but also a scapegoat, is a pretty girl living with her mother in impoverished circumstances in an isolated cabin. She rejects the men of the village. Her only friend is the owner of a travelling cinema. The film ?La Comtesse aux pieds nus de Mankiewicz? helps her to free herself. It teaches her that the universe is not limited to the deserted corner in the countryside but that there is another world out there. When her mother dies, killed by a road hog, Marie contacts the persons of rank who refuse to give her money for the burial. The ?honest people? kill her favourite animal. From that day onwards, Marie plots her revenge... As ?the pirate's fianc?e? (in allusion to Brecht), a free and amoral maniac, she settles her accounts with the cowardly, poor, prude world in an inhuman way. Vandalist. ?This joy of massacre, that could also have been an indecent farce, is ? quite on the contrary ? a revolt, including healthy morals where the cinema stimulates consciousness. A jubilant comedy on the brink of surrealism.? (C. Bouniq-Mercier, ?Guide des Films?). Award-winner at the Venice Festival in 1969.