Les paumées du petit matin (1981)

Director: Jean Rollin
Studio: Les Films ABC, Impex Films

Starring: Laurence Dubas, Christiane Coppe, Marianne Valiot, Patrick Perrot, Louise Dhour, Jean-Louis Fortuit, Jean Herel, Claude Leveque, Patricia Mercurol, Brigitte Lahaie, Celine Royce, Jean Philippe Delamarre, Bernard Papineau, Natalie Perrey, Pearl June

Description: Jean Rollin’s THE ESCAPEES revisits the director’s 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 Coppe) 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 Rollin’s most personal films, and has been remastered in HD from the original 35mm negative.

Alternative Titles:
The Escapees
The Runaways