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Valparaiso, Valparaiso

QUINZAINE 1971 Feature film | 90'


Alain Cluny is Balthazar, a bumbling middle-aged intellectual who spouts off from time to time about leftist causes, usually to his current girlfriend. Then Edwarda (Bernadette Lafont), who is active in the political underground, comes into his life. From that point on, he begins to act on his beliefs. Edwarda’s underground political action group stages a little drama to test Balthazar’s commitment and reliability, putting him through an interrogation by what appear to him to be French secret police. Having passed this test, he is given a real assignment. This film is a comedy with elements of satire, and it explores the humor to be found in left-wing pretentiousness of all kinds. This is a French language film, with no dubbing or subtitles.


Alain Cuny
Bernadette Lafont
Laszlo Szabo


Pascal Aubier

Patrice Pouget

Ivry Giltis