Friday, February 12, 2010

CUL-DE-SAC (1966)

In his autobiography, Roman Polanski wrote that he & his co-writer Gerard Brach regarded ‘Repulsion’ mainly as a commercial success to enable them to finance ‘Cul-de-sac’, a much more personal, less commercial film that starred Catherine Deneuve’s sister Francoise Dorleac. Dorleac hadn’t done many films like her more beautiful and talented sister and died in an accident at tender age of 25.

Cul-de-sac means a street with a dead end. A mid age fugitive criminal with a severely wounded partner take shelter as intruder in a far remote mansion house sharing by a couple. The wounded partner dies soon and before the couple thinks what to do with the remaining unwanted guest; they get the company of certain other visitors with a bratty kid making things more complicated until one reach to off the hook climax.

It’s altogether different Polanski film having film noire kind of treatment, dark characters, and set up on a fine location of Holy Island, England; one of the classic natural set up on a reclusive castle like mansion surrounded by sea shot superbly in black and white frames. Dorleac looks and acted like a tart and smart ass than her husband and the scene where she plays prank of ‘bicycle’ with criminal is classic fun moment. As a dreadful criminal Richard, Lionel Stander is just awesome. Polanski claimed it as one of his personal favorite film.

Highly recommended to all Polanski fans and off beat film lovers.

Ratings- 8/10

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