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Directed by Bertrand Blier

1974, in French with English subtitles


118 minutes


Going Places

Les valseuses


Introduced by Michael Zilkha, MFAH Film Committee Co-chair*

Jean-Claude (Gérard Depardieu) and Pierrot (Patrick Dewaere) play twentysomething outsiders who spend their days harassing women and committing petty crimes. Their cavorting leads them to a frigid beautician (Miou-Miou), a sex-starved ex-con (Jeanne Moreau), and a teenager desperate to escape bourgeois life (Isabelle Huppert, in one of her first roles). Dodging the cops, jilted women, and their own raging libidos, Jean-Claude and Pierrot are perpetually on the verge of death or imprisonment, and they don’t seem to mind. The anarchic Going Places, based on director Bertrand Blier’s best-selling novel, was a box-office smash.

*This film is shocking but very rewarding—brilliant, perhaps even a masterpiece . . . Click here to read more of Michael Zilkha's insights about the film and the series "Blier/Depardieu."

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; The National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; and Lynn S. Wyatt.