The Departure(Le départ)

  • Dir: Jerzy Skolimowski

  • Belgium, 1967, French, 85mins, DCP

  • Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Catherine-Isabelle Duport, Jacqueline Bir

Making his first film outside Poland, Skolimowski takes a spin for an alternatively frenetic and lyrical comedy in Brussels. Playing a hairdresser’s apprentice obsessed with acquiring a Porsche to compete in a rally car race, Jean-Pierre Léaud – fresh from Masculine Feminine with Catherine Duport – charges the film with hyperkinetic agility and dynamism through his manic hysteria and volatile outbursts, captured under Willy Kurant’s active camera and accentuated by Krzysztof Komeda’s striking jazz score. A thrilling wink at the French New Wave’s canonical characterisation of youth in flux, Skolimowski’s Berlinale-Golden-Bear-winner drives the evolution further down the road.

Berlin International Film Festival: Golden Bear for Best Film and UNICRIT Award



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