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Despite holding a part-time job, college freshman Laura (the stunning Deborah Francois of The Page Turner) is unable to make ends meet. Having run out of options and desperate for cash, she answers an Internet ad: Joe, 57, seeks female student for tender moments. One hundred euros an hour. Just this once, she promises herself. Three days later, Laura is in a hotel room with Joe, and the downward spiral begins. By her second customer, however, Laura already wants to stop. Will she be able to? According to one student association, there are 40,000 young women in France who work as occasional prostitutes, including the anonymous author of the notorious memoir on which this film is based. From uncompromising writer-director Emmanuelle Bercot (Clement), STUDENT SERVICES is as compelling as it is shocking.

Starring:
Alain Cauchi, Benjamin Siksou
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Alain Cauchi, Benjamin Siksou, Mathiew Demy, Deborah Francois
Director Emmanuelle Bercot
Genres Drama
Studio Axiom Films
Rental release 8 July 2013
Main languages French
Subtitles English

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Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By DVD-OCD on 24 Dec 2013
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I generally enjoyed this film - based on the 'true/shocking' revelations of a (French) female university student who turned to the world's oldest profession to help finance her way thru school. It is, perhaps, the 'expose' angle of the movie that slants the general tenor of the piece towards a negative vibe - as the viewer is introduced to the story's lead character, Laura, and follows her down a path of personal denigration as she barters her youthful body for some spending cash & millennial trinkets.

The 'shock value' of the source book from which the screenplay was derived is based on the (purported) 'epidemic' levels of prostitution engaged in by female college students to make ends meet - so it is not surprising that the director has seemingly gone out of their way to make sure that the sexual 'pay for play' activities of the film's star are not made to look 'enjoyable'. In this, at least, they have managed to succeed!

The lead actress, Deborah Francois, IS lovely - in just the right way to provide a vulnerable heroine for the sordid tale... and she sure doesn't appear to like what she's doing in the sexual realm - so much so - that after a while I found the plot to become rather disingenuous and dis-engaging. Despite many scenes where Ms Francois fully reveals her attractive body and participates in sexual congress with a variety of sorta 'flawed' male individuals - there is nothing arousing about any of it. Could the girl be any more 'bored' & repulsed?! It really makes one wonder why her one repeat customer 'Joe' keeps coming back for more... or why she sticks it out for as long as she does.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Norwegian on 8 Jun 2014
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This movie really removes any romantic ideas about prostitution. Dead cold without hearts involved.
I`m not tempted to watch this one again, cause it`s just a tragic and unpleasant scenario.
I give it 3 stars cause it could serve as a eyeopener.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By martin vass mair on 22 Dec 2013
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I was incredibly surprised by the acting in this film it was,well"GUTSY"a fantastic performance from both Deborah Francois and Alain Cauchi.We all (most of us ) have to work during college or uni but only a few have the guts to sell our bodies ,not something we would consider but when its all you have left and your back against the wall (so to speak) Laura took a very big breath and jumped into the hitherto unknown world of vice.A life ,after the initial shock ,she found easy until a sudden a huge dose of depravity wakes her up and she learns life is not a bowl of roses.She then flees to Paris but is it all over?Remarkably this is a very real and a very true story which makes it even more harrowing.My little brother built roads to help him through uni not quite sure what my big sister did?!!?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trythisitisgood on 6 Dec 2013
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Deborah Francis is quite beautiful both to look at and in her acting; she is a talented actress which this film shows to the full, as the film is only really about her. However, the story is poor. Her character is conflicting as she is both pathetic and aggressive. To say that the viewer does not really engage with the character is the bottom line, because you really do not care what happens too much towards the end of the film. Oh and the film in my opinion is not erotic although there is some nudity. Also there is a lack of continuity in the way in which the scenes are put together and this is rather irritating. Nevertheless if you like Deborah Francis the film is worth a view.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rusty on 12 Nov 2014
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...This film harks back to a previous similar British title, Personal Services, except its just total Sexploitation Fantasy with a bit of eye-candy thrown in. I cant believe people are treating this as a 'realistic' portrayal of average student life in the 21st Century. How many young girls of 18-20 years did YOU meet at college that had come from safe middle-class homes and had had more than 2-3 boyfriends in their lives? And were SEXUALLY EXPERIENCED or CONFIDENT enough to arrange to meet up with weird lonely guys on the web expecting sexual services?! Not an accurate portrayal by far. Not to mention Education being FREE in certain EU countries, with many students living at home to keep costs to a minimum. A PART-TIME job in this instance would be wholly sufficient to afford most requirements of a teenager/young adult with no family/mortgage. So, youre young and attractive to boot. Ever heard of fashion/commercial modelling? Why not try an Escort Agency - where the clients DONT expect you to actually perform sexual favours/bondage/s&m/defacating on them, huh...? Oh yes, and then there is the boring, tried and tested old staple of finding a loving, caring BOYFRIEND with a FULL-TIME JOB, who can help you out with living costs in exchange for hugs and candle-lit baths...! What utter nonsense. Maybe if the girl/female student in question was middle-aged, fat, balding, and ugly, with a mortgage, 16 kids, an absent father, no family to speak of, a $1000/day crystal-meth habit, gambling debts, a contract killer on their tale, or an addiction to purchasing rare, 16th Century artwork, THEN this film might be passable as BELIEVABLE. But then you probably wouldnt want to watch it if that was the case.Read more ›
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