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Les Trois Couronnes du Matelot (1982)





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In this classically surreal fantasy, a sailor, known for telling tales, sees a student killing his teacher and decides to spin a few yarns for him. He tells the boy of his many adventures in exotic South American ports where he visited opium dens and stayed in cathouses. In such dark, dreamlike places, the sailor meets many strange, mystical characters.


Frank Oger
as The Blindman
Jean Badin
as The Officer
Philippe Deplanche
as The Student
Lisa Lyon
as Mathilde
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Critic Reviews for Les Trois Couronnes du Matelot

All Critics (1)

The yarns are timeless and mystical.

Full Review… | August 2, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Les Trois Couronnes du Matelot

A sailor promises a student who has murdered his teacher a chance to sail away on a ship, but first he tells the story of his bizarre adventures sailing the seas on the cursed boat. Literary surrealism, a mixture of nonsense and mind games, with a sense of humor as dry and black as gunpowder.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

a marvelous ghost story in the style of magical realism, the film plays like an opium dream, hallucinatory and disorienting. perhaps a bit long and some of the acting seems stiff but the astonishingly imaginative visuals more than compensate. inspired by coleridge's rime of the ancient mariner, an immortal tale of the sea

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A strange story about a mysterious ship and its mysterious crew and their mysterious destinations, artfully directed by Ruiz. I appreciated what was going on while also being a bit bored by it. The photography is unusual, especially some of the worm's-eye view stuff. And Jean-Bernard Guillard is a good actor with an intriguing presence. It just didn't wow me... perhaps a better print would have been more engaging. Still, the story is interesting and the narrative has a Resnais quality to it.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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