Head Against the Wall

by Georges Franju 1h32min France 1958
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Head Against the Wall
by Georges Franju

In order to get rid of his troublesome son François, Maître Gérane manages to have him committed to a mental hospital owned by Dr. Varmont, a supporter of traditional treatments, in constant conflict with Dr. Emery, whose therapy takes the psychology of patients into account. François soon makes friends with Heurtevent, a sweet epileptic, and both decide to escape from the place. Their attempt is a failure and Heurtevent, unable to get over what he considers a return to hell, commits suicide. But rebellious François tries again and this time around he is successful. He finds shelter at his friend Stephanie's home...

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  • Jean-Pierre Mocky : François Gérane
  • Charles Aznavour : Heurtevent
  • Pierre Brasseur : Dr Varmont
  • Paul Meurisse : Dr Emery
  • Anouk Aimée : Stéphanie
  • And with: Luc Andrieux, Jean Galland, Edith Scob, Jean Ozenne, Thomy Bourdelle, Rudy Lenoir


  • Director Georges Franju
  • Scenario Jean-Pierre Mocky
  • Dialogs Jean-Charles Pichon
  • Original work author Hervé Bazin
  • Photo director Eugen Schüfftan
  • Set Design Louis Le Barbenchon
  • Sound René Sarazin
  • Editing Suzanne Sandberg
  • Original music Maurice Jarre
  • Production Compagny ATICA - Artistes et Techniciens de l'Industrie Cinématographique Associés , Elpénor Films, Sirius Films
  • Distributor Mocky Delicious Pictures (MDP)

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,37:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1958
  • Release date for France03/20/1959
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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