Head Against the Wall (1959)

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In order to get rid of his troublesome son François, Maître Gérane manages to have him committed to a mental hospital owned by Dr. Varmont, a supporter of traditional treatments, in ... See full summary »


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18 March 2009 | mackjay2
5
| Good, But Not a Masterpiece
If a film is hard to find and directed by an interesting director, this does not automatically make it a masterpiece. "La Tête Contre les Murs" is mostly heavy going, talky, and often tedious. The film is nicely shot in black & white, but Maurice Jarre's score adds little to the experience. A sluggishly paced film with few memorable moments.

Mocky, Brasseur and Meurisse are certainly assets to this project. Fans of Charles Aznavour can see him shortly before his great breakthrough in "Shoot the Piano Player". He is quite good here as well. Anouk Aimée is fine too, soon to make an impression in "La Dolce Vita".

"La Tête" is on DVD finally, so the curious can see for themselves. Just OK, not some great lost masterwork.

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