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Les Contrebandieres

Fortnight 1969, Feature film,


The story of two women who smuggle packages and people between two warring nations. A wacky take on the action-adventure tale, the film exploits its low-budget look to offer a digressive and aggressive slapstick comedy. Called « maybe the best film not made by Godard » by Jean-Marie Straub, Europe’s leading intellectual filmmaker, this movie about borders and barriers sports a cameo appearance by Moullet himself, who is listed in the credits as the « pompous fool. » Jean-Pierre Leaud, the iconic actor of the French New Wave (the « Antoine Doinel series ») stars in this notorious, psychedelic French western.


Luc Moullet

Born in Paris in 1937. Critic for the Cahiers du Cinéma.