I watched a couple of French horror/fantasy movies from the 70s- Jean Rollin's Fascination and Valerian Borowczyk's The Beast. What an excessive decade the 70s was! All restraints had been removed and if you wanted to kick your movie off with close-up footage of horses having sex- as The Beast does- it was suddenly allowable. Fascination is atmospheric but ponderous and The Beast is like a Carry On movie crossed with late-period Bunuel. Both director's were called "pornographers"- and in Rollin's case this was strictly true because he moonlighted as a maker of hardcore movies- lots of them- in order to support his arthouse habit. I didn't like either film much. The Beast is entertaining but thumpingly unsubtle.
Our regular carer- Kristina- is in dispute with the agency- and may never return. In her place we're getting a mixed lot of carers- most of whom are better time-keepers that she ever was- which means my mother is getting up and going to bed earlier than she used to- and we're having to adjust. As my father was fond of saying- and I agree with him- "change is good for the soul".