A debaucherous indictment of modernity and bourgeoisie notions of morality when it comes to perceptions of living a good life, Bertrand Blier's Going Places follows an anarchic structure, moving to the rhythms of its two leads - aimless hooligans who do what they want, when they want, disrupting the normative conditions of society at every conceivable turn. A brash work in vulgarity, Going Places invites ample critiques related to its misogynist undertones and depictions of sexual conquest but to say the film is empty provocation is a miscalculation, as what the film details through its formalism is an affront to the normative liberal order in the current epoch, whether it be through its pointed critique of materialism, its utter disregard for property, or the free-spirited pursuit of pleasure portrayed in which puritanical notions of sexuality or disrupted and disregarded in every regard. These characters aren't likable, they are agents of chaos who grift off and disrupt the system at every turn, yet underneath the film's unhinged, debaucherous artifice is a film which tactically reveals a youth in revolt, rejecting the system which they have been handed and its notions of freedom. Moving very much to its own rhythms, Bertrand Blier's Going Places is a film which feels like it was almost built to offend, delivering a vulgar yet pointed work which feels largely an affront to the status quo
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