Règlements de femmes à OQ Corral (Jean-Marie Pallardy, 1974)

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In the dark shadows of cinematography, sometimes a work emerges so intriguing that it forces us to take our eyes off the screen, while our minds wrestle with a mixture of wonder and disgust. Jean-Marie Pallardy’s “Règlements de femmes à OQ Corral” is one such work, an obscure jewel from the forgotten era of French cinema.

This daring film transports us to a world steeped in decadence and immorality, where the boundaries of propriety and decency blur. Pallardy wields his camera like a scalpel, revealing what should be hidden. His vision of the Wild West is a distorted dream, steeped in sexual perversion and violence.

The characters are presented as puppets in a grotesque spectacle of passion and betrayal. The femme fatales seduce without scruples, while the men are caught in a web of their own desires. Their emotions are exploited and inflated to grotesque proportions, creating an atmosphere of suffocating sensuality.

Pallardy’s directing is courageous and provocative, but also clumsy and unpolished. The film struggles with its own ambition and seems to be drowning in its own excesses. Yet there is something fascinating about the rawness and fearlessness of “Règlements de femmes à OQ Corral”. It is a work that cannot go unnoticed, however much it wrings and chafes.

In short, Pallardy’s film is a disturbing work of art that leaves a lasting impression, even if we wonder why we watched it in the first place. It’s an explosion of desire and decadence that leaves us with a strange mix of disgust and admiration. For the daring alone, “Règlements de femmes à OQ Corral” deserves our attention, albeit with a critical eye.


Bad_Lieutenant, your cough syrup must have been awesome stuff. A portrait of Pallardy can be found on Nanarland (in French).

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