Seagulls Fly Low / I gabbiani volano basso (1978)

2.5 out of 5

The restrained performance from Maurizio Merli, sans face foliage, at no point leads to the vein in his temple throbbing with indignant rage at the system. Instead he is very much the cat turned mouse, running from hitmen and falling in love with Nathalie Delon. At one point he even recommends that she purchase a puppy.

Attempts at philosophical dialogue are a wee bit forced as both Merli and Delon witter on about how their lives could be compared to the acquisition of crêpes, how seagulls are the victims that shouldn't be harmed and how Merli's situation is akin to that of insects being dumped on the ground before Maurizio reverts to angst ridden type, with a touch of the Travis Bickles and killing the romantic mood, by comparing humanity to rats in a sewer.

Dagmar Lassander and Mel Ferrer put in a welcome appearance and some tomato tinged flashback footage attempts to explain things in the context of Vietnam.

Even though the surprise ending is anything but surprising Seagulls Fly Low nevertheless is an enjoyable enough Eurocrime though a tad light on the genre defining fist fights, stunts and car chases one would normally expect.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics