Immoral Women

Immoral Women (French: Les héroïnes du mal) is a 1979 French erotic drama directed by Walerian Borowczyk,[1] written by Borowczyk and André Pieyre de Mandiargues[2] and starring Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Marina Pierro and Françoise Quéré.[3]

Immoral Women
Official Teaser Poster
Directed byWalerian Borowczyk
Produced byPierre Braunberger
Written byWalerian Borowczyk
André Pieyre de Mandiargues
StarringFrançoise Quéré
Marina Pierro
Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Music byPhilippe d'Aram
Olivier Dassault
CinematographyBernard Daillencourt
Edited byWalerian Borowczyk
Argos Films
Films du Jeudi
Distributed byArgos Films
Release date
  • 7 March 1979 (1979-03-07)
Running time
114 minutes


The film is divided into three self-contained episodes, set in different time periods and featuring female protagonists whose names all start with letter M as in the word mal (evil) and who commit crimes of passion.

  • "Margherita", the ambitious mistress of the painter Raphael. Rome, 1520. This episode contains unsimulated sex between Margherita and Tomaso.[4]
  • "Marceline", the desirous adolescent daughter of a bourgeois family. Fin de siècle France.
  • "Marie", the clever wife of a wealthy gallery owner. Modern day Paris.


  • Marina Pierro as Margherita Luti
  • Gaëlle Legrand as Marceline Caïn
  • Pascale Christophe as Marie
  • François Guétary as Raphael Sanzio
  • Jean-Claude Dreyfus as Bini
  • Jean Martinelli as Pope
  • Pierre Benedetti as Mad Painter
  • Philippe Desboeuf as Doctor
  • Noël Simsolo as Julio Romano
  • Roger Lefrere as Michelangelo
  • Gérard Falconetti as Tomaso
  • Hassane Fall as Petrus
  • France Rumilly as Madame Cain
  • Yves Gourvil as Cain
  • Lisbeth Arno as Floka
  • Gérard Ismaël as Antoine
  • Henri Piégay as Husband
  • Mathieu Rivollier
  • Robert Capia
  • Daniel Marty
  • Jacky Baudet
  • Sylvain Ramsamy
  • Jean Boullu
  • Françoise Quéré
  • Mazouz Ould-Abderrahmane
  • Bernard Hiard


The score was composed by Philippe d'Aram and Olivier Dassault.[5]


The film premiered on 7 March 1979 in a cinema release.[6]


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