French Edinburgh

FrenchFilmFest The Salamander

Two self-proclaimed writers attempt to retell how a young woman shot her uncle in Alain Tanner and co-writer John Berger’s intelligent portrait of the free and the defiant. One writer prefers facts, the other fantasy. The great French actress Bulle Ogier (Céline and Julie Go Boating) stars as the post-hippie, pre-punk modern girl at the film’s centre. Coming of age in a Swiss capitalist wonderland, too downtrodden to join it, too detached to smash it, she is a precursor of a generation to come.

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