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Bad Company

A Short film by Jean Eustache

Production year : 1963

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Eustache’s debut film follows two young men in a Parisian suburb looking for fun and whatever trouble comes with it. Unsurprisingly, their attention ultimately falls on a girl. Spurned when she decides to go dancing with someone else, their thoughts quickly turn to revenge. Slowly, we discover the layer of despair that sits just under their carefree appearance.


“When I play, I win,” declares one of a pair of not-so-lovable losers in this breezily abrasive featurette, Eustache’s first. The suburban-Parisian protagonists pass an afternoon playing pinball and trying to play the field. Picking up a young mother, they lift her wallet and then wonder what to do with it. Combining casual observation of setting and character with discomfiting moral overtones, the film both reflects its New Wave moment and forecasts Eustache’s particular preoccupations.

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Full credits (6)

Assistant director :

Jeanne Delos

Director of Photography :

Philippe Théaudière

Music Composer :

César Gattegno

Screenwriter :

Jean Eustache

Continuity supervisor :

Jeanne Delos

Location manager :

Jeanne Delos

Technical details

Short film

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Friendship, Love

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

42 min

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Black & White

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