• Film

La Salamandre


Time Out says

A journalist recruits a novelist friend to help him rustle up a quick TV script based on a news item in a local paper about a man who accused his niece of shooting and wounding him. She claimed the gun went off while he was cleaning it; eventually dropped for lack of evidence, the case was never resolved. The novelist (Denis) sets out to create the script from imagination, while the journalist (Bideau) goes after the facts. But dedicated to a celebration of instinctive revolt, the film is less concerned with what happened than with the girl herself; and Bulle Ogier conveys volumes in the part as the film counterpoints her view of society with its varying view of her. There is, for instance, a scene where she has a job as sales-girl in a shoe shop, and without warning begins to caress the legs the customers present to her: it's a gesture that's at once funny, profoundly erotic, incongruous, and deeply shocking, and one that places both Rosemonde and the world she finds herself living in. A rare treat, infused with a rich and unforced vein of quiet humour.

Release Details

  • Duration:129 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alain Tanner
  • Screenwriter:John Berger, Alain Tanner
  • Cast:
    • Jean-Luc Bideau
    • Jacques Denis
    • Marblum Jéquier
    • Bulle Ogier
    • Marcel Vidal
    • Véronique Alain
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