'Some days I just feel I could flush myself down the bowl,' bemoans Dallesandro, summing up the excremental flavour of this riotously bleak and brutalised love story. Writer/director Gainsbourg employs a ludicrously grotesque approach - monosyllabic script, overblown symbolism, high-pitched performances, refuse-tip landscape, and small town aggressive boredom. A romance for our times.
Cast and crew
Jane Birkin Joe Dallesandro Hugues Quester René Kolldehoff Gérard Depardieu Michel Blanc