La dérive. 1964. France. Written and directed by Paula Delsol. With Jacqueline Vandal, Pierre Barouh, Paulette Dubost. 35mm. In French; English subtitles. 90 min.
Refusing to be stereotyped or tamped down, Jacquie freely experiences various encounters with men on the French Riviera. Joyful and sensual, an affirmation of a young woman’s independence, Paula Delsol’s La dérive should have paved the way for an entire generation of women filmmakers in France. Instead, the film was scorned by mainstream audiences and critics, forcing Delsol to turn to a writing career.