“The girl’s name is Rosemonde.”
Two writer friends (Jean-Luc Bideau and Jacques Denis) research a contested news story concerning an enigmatic young woman (Bulle Ogier) who may have deliberately shot her uncle.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Character Studies
- Love Triangle
- Swiss Films
- Working Class
Alain Tanner’s second feature film — a clever satire on the writing process and ‘truth’ in reporting — provocatively explores the nature of veracity in storytelling, and the ways in which personal involvement inevitably skews our perception. While not as pointed as his debut film — Charles, Dead or Alive (1969) — or as openly humorous as his later, more accessible ensemble film Jonah, Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976), La Salamandre remains a classic entry in Tanner’s oeuvre.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Bulle Ogier as the seductive, sullen Rosemonde
- An unromanticized look at the boredom and limited prospects of working-class life
No, but it’s recommended.