Chair de la Orchidée, La (1975, FRA/ITA/GER) C-112m. *** D: Patrice Chéreau. Starring Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Edwige Feuillère, Simone Signoret, Alida Valli, Hans Christian Blech, Günter Meisner. Unusual, unconventional psycho drama about Rampling, an obviously disturbed woman who is picked up by two men after having witnessed a fatal accident. She refuses to explain herself, and only slowly does the viewer learn her story. Often confusing plot, deliberate pacing, film nevertheless manages to draw you in. A minor cult following takes to this. Based on the novel by James Hadley Chase. Director Chéreau's first film. English titles: THE FLESH AND THE ORCHID, THE FLESH OF THE ORCHID.


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