Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere made a French road movie in 1974 with director Bertrand Blier. It was called Les Valseuses. "Uneven" is one of the kinder words I have seen in print to describe the deliberately disorganized narrative, with its occasional amazing outbursts of misogyny scattered among scenes of seemingly genuine hippie idealism. Production values high as well, even lofty – with music by Stephane Grappelli, cinematography by Bruno Nyutten.
Isabell Huppert (below) appeared in this movie at the age of 21. She played a 16-year-old schoolgirl vacationing unhappily in the Midi with her parents. She abandoned them in order to join up briefly with the roving petty criminals, but remained an outlaw only long enough to accomplish the joyful task of losing her virginity.
– an embodiment of the old-fashioned fantasy-girl conjured up by male imagination.
Jeanne Moreau (below) also anchored an isolated, disconnected episode – with the distant manner of a character on the wrong set.