"Quiet Days in Clichy" is an enjoyable and entertaining expose of the irreverant antics of two friends living a Bohemian existence in the Paris suburb of Clichy during the sexual revolution of the sixties.
The film is based upon the novel of the same title by American author Henry Miller whose publications were the frequent cause of controversy in the US throughout the author's life. The film has been the subject of discussion and controversy since it was first released in 1970 and the FBI seized the only English-language copies as they came into the US through customs in San Francisco - consequently the film didn't make it to US theatres. The film has even been described by the Catholic Bishops Board of Review as a "portrait of human depravity."
Nonetheless, it is unlikely to shock an audience of today - the film is neither vulgar nor depraved - it couldn't really be described as pornographic; instead it could be better summarised as intellectual erotica. It is gentle and humorous. Like life, it lacks a traditional storyline and is, instead, a collection of experiences - some good, some bad, some funny, some not. The film contains some wonderful and enjoyable photography of Europe in the sixties and some insightful monologues which open a window into what you might call Bohemian Philosophy.
However, the piece de resistance of the film is the wonderful soundtrack written and performed by the Country Joe who played an important role in the cultural revolution in the US during the sixties and is probably most known for the music which he produced with his band Country Joe and the Fish. He has produced a soundtrack which is entertaining and evocative, perfectly complementing the humour of the film, wonderfully capturing the magic of the era.
If you are not easily offended, and if you have imagination enough to be able to dream, then this film will transport you into a wonderful era and remind you of the simple pleasure of indulging in an irreverant existence.