Calmos

The Zardoz of French sex farces, Calmos is a bullet train ride through the absurd gnarliness of male menopause, gilded by deliberately ridiculous and supremely provocative fantasy sequences for which you’re almost certainly unprepared. With vigilant feminism as the target of his surrealistic buckshot satire, director Bertrand Blier follows a disaffected gynecologist and his newly-minted traveling buddy (Jean-Pierre Marielle and Jean Rochefort, two of the greatest French actors of their generation) as they desperately try to escape the clutches of an increasingly ravenous female population by running to the countryside, stuffing their faces like pigs and calling up their fellow brothers to arms in a sexual mutiny. As Calmos’s narrative delirium winds evermore inward, Blier continually mutates the film from a comedy of manners to a road movie, and then onto a war film, and finally dystopian sci-fi — all with a breathtaking nonchalance, and culminating in a Hall of Famer WTF finale you’ll desperately want to hit “rewind” on and view multiple times in a row. In true iconoclastic fashion, Blier burnt to the ground every newfound budgetary bridge afforded him after the huge commercial success of 1974′s Going Places, in order to unfurl this exuberant cry of artistic terrorism — and every penny is up on the screen for all to see, in what’s easily the most ambitious creation from our favorite French cinematic shit-stirrer.
Dir. Bertrand Blier, 1976, 35mm, 107 min.

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