French Frights: Jean-Claude Biette’s Le Champignon des Carpathes

Did you know there existed a French movie about irradiation and a magic mushroom that can cure it?

Basile Lebret
May 13 · 4 min read

Once upon a time…

This quote opens Jean-Claude Biette’s third movie, Le Champignon des Carpathes which could be translated into The Mushroom of the Carpathes. Despite this, the feature isn’t really a fairy tale, more akin to a choral film in which the viewer follows a band of Parisian inhabitants, some total strangers to the others, as they fear a radiation cloud that passes over the capital just after a nuclear power plant blew up.

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