The Escapees
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The Escapees

Directed by Jean Rollin
Year: 1981
Running Time: 107 minutes
Country: France
Language: French

Jean Rollin's THE ESCAPEES revisits the directors fascination with pairs of women who wander, dreamlike, through a modern dystopia (Requiem for a Vampire, Two Orphan Vampires). Two female patients; one rebellious (Laurence Dubas), the other despondent (Christiane Coppé); flee the grounds of a mental hospital and drift across the French countryside. After finding refuge among a band of gypsy-like exotic dancers, they cross paths with a petty criminal (Marianne Valiot), an aging fortune-teller (Louise Dhour) and a quartet of swingers (including Brigitte Lahaie) with sinister intentions. Punctuated by moments of unexpected violence and lyrical beauty (as when the emotionless Marie returns to life in a vacant ice rink), THE ESCAPEES is among Rollins' most personal films, and has been remastered in HD from the original 35mm negative.

Cast
Marianne Valiot
Christiane Coppé
Laurence Dubas
Brigitte Lahaie

Crew
Directed by Jean Rollin