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The Inner Scar (1971)

La Cicatrice intérieure
Feature Experimental 60min
  • Directed by Philippe Garrel
  • English, French, German
  • France

Viewer advice: Contains mature themes and nudity

Iconoclast French director Philippe Garrel stars alongside German singer Nico in this hauntingly poetic film often described as a “collage of dreams”. Released in 1971, The Inner Scar uses Iceland’s frosty meadows and the expansive deserts of Sinai and the Death Valley as cinematic stand-ins for the intractable landscapes of the mind. Colliding mystical with mythological, brimming with surreal imagery, and sonically brought to life with five songs written and performed by Nico herself, this is avant-garde filmmaking at its finest.

“A total masterpiece … All of a sudden, the whole of humanity, the whole planet is speaking.” – Henri Langlois, Cahiers du Cinéma

Includes an introduction by Adrian Martin.

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Director

Philippe Garrel

Producer

Philippe Garrel

Screenwriter

Philippe Garrel

Screenwriter

Nico

Cinematographer

Michel Fournier

Composer

Nico

Subtitles

English

Origin

France