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Time Out says

A fair thriller that begins with one of WC Fields' anti-kid quotes, and promisingly looks like despatching one averagely noxious brat quite early on, but settles instead for making his survival a condition of its heroine's redemption. Having just been released from a mental clinic and hired as a governess, Jobert finds herself at the centre of a kidnap-and-murder conspiracy hatched by her apparent benefactor, and involving a studiedly vicious Milian as its agent. On the run from both killer and media-fanned frame-up, she's perhaps just a little too much the bastion of resourceful sanity in a mad world, but Boisset conjures a pleasing momentum for her flight, and allows some of the absurd humour of her plight to seep blackly out. Based on the gloriously titled série noire novel O Dingos, O Châteaux by Jean-Patrick Manchette (Aggression, Nada), it leans surprisingly little on modish paranoia, and pleases most for its essential modesty.


Release details

95 mins

Cast and crew

Yves Boisset
Yves Boisset, Sébastien Japrisot
Marlène Jobert
Tomas Milian
Victor Lanoux
Michel Lonsdale
Jean Bouix
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