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Stefan, a recent college graduate, hitchhikes from Germany to Paris where he meets American expatriate, Estelle. They chase the sun to Ibiza. An idyllic island life degenerates when she introduces him to heroin and they get addicted.

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Barbet Schroeder

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Paul Gégauff (screenplay) (as Paul Gegauff), Barbet Schroeder (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Mimsy Farmer ... Estelle
Klaus Grünberg Klaus Grünberg ... Stefan
Heinz Engelmann ... Dr. Ernesto
Michel Chanderli Michel Chanderli ... Charlie
Henry Wolf Henry Wolf ... Henry
Louise Wink Louise Wink ... Cathy
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In the late 1960s, after graduating in Mathematics, the German Stefan Brückner hitchhikes from Lübeck to Paris to see the world without any money. He befriends Charlie in an arcade and they go to a party. When Stefan meets gorgeous American Estelle Miller at the party, Charlie advises him to stay away from her. However, the straight Stefan falls in love with Estelle and, after breaking in to a house with Charlie to rob it, he follows her to Ibiza. Stefan seeks the hotel of his fellow citizen Dr. Ernesto Wolf where Estelle is lodged and asks her to leave the place and stay with him in an isolated seaside house. Before leaving the hotel, Estelle steals some money and a pack from Wolf. Soon, Stefan learns that Estelle had stolen 200 doses of heroin and he decides to try one fix with her, in the beginning of his trip to hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The soundtrack was composed by Pink Floyd. The band was given £600 and complete ownership to all of the material for their work, and some of the songs on the album were still in their live set list by 1971. The band also scored the music for another Barbet Schroeder film, The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) (1972). See more »

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David Gilmour's last name is misspelled "Gilmore" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Cathy: [Naked in bed together] I adore you.
Estelle Miller: Come help me, Mademoiselle.
Cathy: No, I'm tired.
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The 2003 UK BFI DVD is cut by 1 min 23 secs and removes much of the scene where Stefan prepares the heroin for injection. See more »

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Days of dope and roses
10 January 2003 | by CatTalesSee all my reviews

Kind of a low-key "Days of wine and roses," this is hardly a standard 1960's drug film. Director Schroeder (whom one can deduce is represented by Charlie the good-natured street hustler) states initially it's about a friend who died of drug overdose, so we know it's going to be a story of psychic corruption rather than an exploration of the ideals of Timothy Leary. It might seem that Schroeder is really glamorizing drugs simply by example, as well as by showing the sex life of the characters, and by employing a real psychedelic band for the soundtrack. However, Schroeder doesn't show subjective scenes of drug use; the characters trip out in their own world, usually detached from another, and the audience watches like the only sober person at a frat party. Their sex life soon peters out as drugs take over their lives. Using Pink Floyd was probably to attract unwitting youth and drug-users to see (without being preached to) how drugs can kill.

What probably does seem 'standard 1960s' to viewers today is the flat, realistic style of the film which doesn't grab the viewer (unlike the more recent "Sid and Nancy" or "Trainspotting") but was typical of independent and European films of that time. However it's still watchable, and a must for early-Pink Floyd (or "The Pink Floyd", as they're billed in the credits) fans.


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