Screened as part of NZIFF 2002

Bad Company 1963

Les mauvaises fréquentations

Directed by Jean Eustache

France In French with English subtitles
42 minutes 16mm / B&W



Philippe Théaudière
Michel H. Robert


Daniel Bart
Dominique Jayr
Jean Eustache


During the heyday of the French New Wave, many young men and women got moviemaking fever. In 1963, Jean Eustache took the plunge with this short film, shot on 16mm with post-synced sound.

Eustache's first film follows two young 'skirt chasers' as they go cruising for fun and trouble one Sunday in the Paris suburb of Robinson. When they pick up a girl who wants to go dancing and she ditches them for another boy, they decide to take revenge. Riding the crest of the French New Wave, Bad Company was admired by Godard, Rohmer and Douchet.