The word he uses is bouquet, like a wine. He talks about it with an extraordinary sense of poetry - it's great dialogue, without being presented as such. They're a couple of thugs, but Blier gives them both a nobility. At the same time, this is a dreadful invasion of privacy. We find that scene magnificent because it's something very difficult - we've talked to people who have been burgled and they said the most upsetting thing was not being burgled, it was the fact of having someone in your home. So it's very hard to watch that scene, but Blier makes it funny and poetic.
The film takes an incredibly banal subject - two men who go on the road, and do hardly anything at all. The pleasure of it resides in Blier's mise en scene and dialogue. And we like the film's freedom - the fact that it was so shocking for when it was made (1974). It really captures the feeling of that time. But unlike some films which do that and look very dated and disappointing when you see them 10 years later, you can watch Les Valseuses over and over again.
Andre Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde and Remy Belvaux's first film, 'Man Bites Dog', continues to play at selected cinemas.
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