Les abysses -
1963 - Black and white - 96 mn - French - France - Drama
Directed by : Nico Papatakis. Produced by : Nico Papatakis. Screenplay by : Jean Vauthier, Louis Jouvet. Editing : Edwige Bernard. Photography : Jean-Michel Boussaguet. With : Francine Bergé, Colette Bergé, Pascale de Boysson.
Two sisters who work as maids in a winery haven’ been paid in three years. They gradually wreak havoc in the estate, with an inexorable rise in violence.
Producer of Cassavetes’s Shadows and Jean Chenet’s A song of love, talent hunter and a friend of the post-war intelligentsia, Nico Papatakis made a tremendous impression with his first feature. Based upon the true story of the Papin sisters, this provoking film is selected to represent France at the Cannes Film Festival and polarizes the audience immediately. « Your film is a trashcan spilt on the screen », said a producer during the festival. A poisonous film about revolt and humiliation to (re)discover by all possible means.