Head Against the Wall (1959)
aka La tête contre les murs
Genre: Drama
Country: France | Director: Georges Franju
Language: French | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 96mn
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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 constant conflict with Dr. Emery, whose therapy takes the psychology of patients into account. François soon makes friends with Heurtevent, a sweet epileptic, and both decide to escape from the place. Their attempt is a failure and Heurtevent, unable to get over what he considers a return to hell, commits suicide. But rebellious François tries again and this time around he is successful. He finds shelter at his friend Stephanie’s home…

The first fiction feature by Georges Franju (who would make Eyes Without a Face the following year), Head Against the Wall is stunningly beautiful, full of location shots that both look forward to the haunting images to come in his next film, and recall the documentary work upon which he’d to that point built his career. Broad, open fields, either lush or burning; men in flight, from confinement or responsibility; asylum walls and toy trains that trick one’s eyes into seeing a world of dreams rather than one of harsh reality.


Head Against the Wall (1959)