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The Salamander (18)

French Film Festival


Two self-proclaimed writers attempt to retell how a young woman shot her uncle in Alain Tanner and co-writer John Berger’s intelligent portrait of the free and the defiant—and of the dead-end jobs, old men, and “nitwits” that get in their way. One writer prefers facts, the other fantasy; the woman’s truth isn’t in between their approaches, but way beyond them. The great French actress Bulle Ogier (Celine and Julie Go Boating) stars as the post-hippie, pre-punk modern girl at the film’s centre. Coming of age in a Swiss capitalist wonderland, too downtrodden to join it, too detached to smash it, she is a precursor of a generation to come. The film is both a wondrously tongue-in-cheek assault against the staid, phoney morality of the bourgeoisie, and a timely ironic riposte to the well-meant offerings from the politically minded French New Wave film-makers of the time.


“A witty, shaggy, freewheeling tale” - Vogue

Book Tickets

Tuesday 10 Dec 201920:30