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SUBJECTS

Fugitives from justice -- Switzerland -- Drama, Hitchhiking -- Switzerland -- Drama, Young women -- Switzerland -- Drama

Messidor

featuring

Clementine Amouroux, Catherine Retore,

Two young women hit Switzerland’s not-so-wide-open roads in Tanner’s fittingly claustrophobic road movie, a deeply pessimistic vision of social restriction that’s more proto–riot grrrl than pre–Thelma and Louise in its—and its heroines’—fierceness. A college student and a shopgirl decide to start hitchhiking, and never stop, with a hard life on the run better than whatever life they’re escaping from. Postcard Switzerland, however, soon turns into an inescapable maze. Inspired by a true-crime story and taken over from French director Maurice Pialat, Messidor is no uplifting paean to freedom, but a testament to the grueling relentlessness of having everywhere to go, but nowhere to stay.

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Alain Tanner
Cinematographer
  • Renato Berta
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 130 mins
Source
  • SWISS FILMS
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Messidor (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1995

The films of Alain Tanner (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1993

Alain Tanner: a film poet between utopia and realism (monograph), Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Christian Dimitriu, 1991

Messidor (review), Variety, Lenny Borger, 1981

Messidor (review), Film Journal International, Candace Burke-Block, 1981

Messidor (review), Soho Weekly News, Carlos Clarens, 1981

Messidor (review), Variety, Lenny Borger, 1979

Messidor (press kit), New Yorker Films

Messidor (program note)

Suisse chérie (review), Louis-Paul Favre

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