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Atmospheric thriller set in the French countryside. Two British nurses, Jane (Pamela Franklin) and Cathy (Michele Dotrice), take a cycling holiday through France, but end up quarrelling and taking separate routes. Racked with guilt, the more responsible of the two decides to return to the lonely stretch of road where they last saw each other. When there's no sign of her friend, she begins an increasingly desperate search for answers among the reluctant, elusive locals. With darkness falling, her fears for her friend, combined with a growing feeling of menace, threaten to overwhelm her.

Starring:
Pamela Franklin, Sandor Eles
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Pamela Franklin, Sandor Eles, Michele Dotrice, John Nettleton
Director Robert Fuest
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio OPTIMUM HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 January 2008
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Copnovelist on 18 Nov 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched the first few minutes of this many years ago after video-taping it, stopped for whatever reason, didn't finish it off and taped over it accidentally. What a loss!!! It hasn't been shown since.

I bought the DVD recently and watched it in full and I have to say it is BRILLIANT. A quick synopsis: Two young and naive British nurses on a cycling holiday in France one summer have a tiff and separate. One is left on her own by some woods, the other goes onto the next town for a while, but returns to find her friend has disappeared. Along the way they have been followed by a mysterious young man on a motorcycle. It soon transpires that this road is 'un route mauvais' according to the locals, and two years earlier the wood was the scene of a murder of a young Dutch tourist nearly identical in appearance to the blonde friend. The murderer was never caught. The young motorcyclist claims he is a detective, but not from the same locale. Is he all he says he is or is he a murderer?

Written, directed and produced by the same people who made The Avengers, namely the director, Robert Fuest, the writers Brian Clemens and Terry Nation, the film gives nothing away until the final five minutes. The direction is clever and suspenseful. The photography is beautiful and the film has been very well edited. If you can remember The Avengers, it is in a very similar vein accept without the cheesey plot-line and camp performances.

Each of the locals is mysterious. With the exception of an English woman and the young motorcyclist, the locals speak only in French with a smattering of English and the English girls barely speak a word of French so the communication problem only adds to the suspense, but it is also directed very cleverly indeed.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By G. Thomas VINE VOICE on 5 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
I bought this on the strength of the other reviews here and I was certainly not disappointed.
After the curiously jaunty title music I was not really expecting such an atmospheric and subtle piece of film making.
This is a master class in misdirection, apprehension and general red-herring-ry without any of it seeming at all out of place within the narrative. You are truly left guessing up until the very last scene (even though you may have your suspicions)

The language barrier between Jane and the locals was an excellent touch, completing the sense of isolation so nicely built by the beautifully bleak and empty locations in rural France.

I have one major gripe with the story but to air it here would be too much of a spoiler. Suffice to say that even a small amount of disclosure can actually enhance trust.... but even so the high-quality of this film's other facets more than makes up for this.
Unbearable tension and a cracking atmosphere make this film a real treat for anyone in search of a quality thriller.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Francisco P. Neto on 10 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
It is certainly with deep satisfaction (and surprise) that I've just bought this DVD. Only yesterday I was searching everywhere on the net to see if by any chance it had been released on DVD. I just couldn't remember the exact title. I am glad I decided to check the recommendations today. The story still clings to me, even after so many years . I remember those two girls on bikes in France and the atmosphere of this movie. To those who enjoy pure mystery and suspense I definitely recommend it!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lou Knee on 29 Jun 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of those movies you don't hear much fuss about, and then you put it on and think 'why not?' A fantastically simple concept is turned into a clever suspense thriller where you are kept guessing until the end. The director uses every trick in the book to pull you along with Jane, played superbly by Franklyn. If you want to analyse it, instead of simply enjoy it, then you can certainly find a few little holes in the plot here and there, but overall, this is a very good job done by the whole team and it does reward you if you just allow yourself to be pulled into its current of suspense. Thoroughly enjoyed it and like someone else has stated, I can see this as prime Hollywood remake material, as they continue their relentless search for untapped old movies to remake. And in a way, I hope it does get remade, just so we can all say 'It is nowhere as good as the quiet little original.' And those hot pants - ooh la la!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dark Paths VINE VOICE on 5 July 2008
Format: DVD
A great, atmospheric, film from Brian Clemens (Thriller) and Terry Nation (Dalek Creator). It aches with late 60's atmos and a terribly cool French setting. Mopeds, murder and mystery. A massively overlooked masterpiece.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 29 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
Very dark and brooding British thriller from 1970, set in the eerie countryside and on the lonely roads of France. Two English girls take a cycling holiday abroad where all does not bode well...

So many Great British actresses were underestimated; many will be too young to remember how attractive Michele Dotrice was - she was a versatile actress who played such diverse characters as 'Betty' in 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em', to more matronly roles in recent years. Here she plays Cathy - a stunning blonde with looks and a figure to die for! She stars alongside Pamela Franklin who's in her usual top form as 'scared girl'. Sandor Eles cuts a fine figure as the handsome Frenchman 'Paul' - notably referred to by Cathy as 'dishy' and 'very fanciable' with his sultry good looks - she's not wrong! John Nettleton is also very convincing as the French gendarme in one of his finest movie roles ever. This outstanding cast - along with a superb and gripping story, will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end! Full of atmosphere and suspense, with subtle hints at everything, including lesbianism with the lonely school mistress (marvellously played by Clare Kelly)

A Great British classic that still pulls a punch at the twist ending after nearly forty years!

Definitely 'old movie gold'!
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