“It’s gotta look real. This isn’t a movie.” Canned from his TV job, Jean-Paul Belmondo, fed up with wife and Paris (who wouldn’t be, after cocktail party conversation consisting solely of ad copy?), runs off with babysitter Anna Karina– had they known each other before? – but the next morning, what’s that dead body doing there? And then there’s a Bonnie and Clyde-ish crime spree/escape to the south of France– never more ravishing than in this restoration of Raoul Coutard’s sun-splashed color and Scope photography– done in the style of pop art, comic strips, and inspired improvisation (Belmondo’s hilarious imitation of crusty acting legend Michel Simon), with a slow-motion carjacking, dancers somersaulting on a beach while plotters clinch a double-cross and climaxed by unbilled Beligian-French standup great Raymond Devos’ tale of a haunting romantic melody that he just can’t get out of his head. A bitter story of love betrayed loosely based on the novel Obsession by Lionel White, author of The Killing (filmed by Kubrick) and spiced with a cameo by director Sam Fuller.
‘Pierrot Le Fou’ Trailer
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