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  • Actors: Stéphanie Michelini, Yasmine Belmadi, Edouard Nikitine
  • Directors: Sébastien Lifshitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005YYAYX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,884 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Gay men Mikhail and Jamel and transsexual Stephanie are three lost souls who share an unbreakable bond, one that is made stronger by the risqué lives they lead in the seedy side streets and train stations of Paris where they use their bodies to turn tricks. Whilst battling with their own inner demons they also find solace in each other s arms. When Stephanie receives a phone call to say her mother is unwell, the three lovers go to Stephanie's village deep in rural France. Once there, she begins to unravel some of the childhood events that have made her the person she is today.

From the director of Presque Rien, the subtle, highly stylized and thoroughly emotive Wild Side has drawn comparisons to Agnes Godard s Beau Travail and Jacques Nolot s Before I Forget.

Extras:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interview with Director & cast
  • DTS

Review

"A fully flowering triumph of substance and style" --Film Review

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roy Brookes VINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2007
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I thought this film was beautifully made. However, the finest scenes are interspersed with some long, fairly slow parts, with lots of meaningful glances and very little happening. When things do happen, they really do happen though. There are some pretty strong sex scenes which I personally enjoyed because I found them realistic rather than "manufactured". The Director also took his cameras out into the Bois de Boulogne in Paris and filmed scenes that I have never seen any other film show, of the transsexual prostitutes who work the "Bois" at night.

Stephanie is a transsexual. That is no secret right from the start of the film. I watched the film with my girlfriend, who is also a transsexual, and she found Stephanie sympathetic and convincing. Need I say more?

So, slow in places but hang on in there. It is ultimately a rewarding film and some of the images will stay in your mind for a long time afterwards. I will watch it again and again.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ac17805 on 30 May 2007
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Absolutely wonderful film, the transexual for once is played by a real life transexual. This makes all the difference as her credibility is never in doubt and her acting is simply outstanding.

Beautiful bittersweet story of love surrounded by a sea of squaller and human degradation.

There is no other film that comes near it on these issues believe me, highly, highly recommended by myself a transexual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 May 2014
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Wild Side is described as "Jules et Jim for the new millenium" on the box, a tagline that embraces its ménage-a-trois and its updated radicalism, in that the three characters seem to be all in a sexual relationship, which goes further than Truffaut. The blending of fairy-tale with a challenge to conventional morality is very like the earlier film, and Lifshitz even has his heroes rolling together down a hillside which is a variant on a similar moment in Truffaut's film ... Theoretically there is no need for rent boys at stations to be ready with knives, for instance, as the stereotyped view would have it, or for masculine men not to be involved with a transsexual and another manly boy - why shouldn't they be, really? However it comes across as more fantasy-led than intended and not very convincing, and in this respect falls far short of Truffaut's film, as well as lacking the earlier director's joie de vivre and sense of substance. The question of whether it is a good thing to earn money by prostitution is barely addressed in the director's mind, you feel, as if this is a natural long-term option in life. It could be that he wants to create complete empathy, but the effect is of not probing enough into the real nature of things.

On the plus side, Stéphanie Michelini, a real-life transsexual, is very good, as are the equally natural performances of Edouard Nikitine as a Russian illegal immigrant working in a restaurant, and Yasmine Belmadi as the rent boy of Arab origin. You would expect the whole thing to be sleazier, but as I say this may be missing at the cost of a certain realism. The sense of the life of a hustler is much better pulled off by Paul Morrissey in his trilogy, where the portrayals allowed you to see Joe Dallesandro's character as a bit of a layabout and still like him in spite of his obvious flaws. This film doesn't have nearly as much life in it, as the script is not good enough to get under the surface.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 April 2012
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This is a film about Stephanie (Stephanie Michelini) who was born as Pierre, she survives as a prostitute on the streets of Paris and has some very enchanting co workers who don't seem to feel the cold very much judging by their choice of wardrobe, or rather lack of one. There is an awful lot of oral action actually, you start to wonder do men think about anything else, and the answer comes back pretty much as a `probably not'. Well enough said. As if she is not getting enough man meat action at work, she also has two lovers, which is a tad greedy by anyone's imagination.

Then she gets a call from the hospital where her mother is dying, they are sending her home to the rural farm house where Pierre painfully grew up. So she and Mikhail head off to rural Nowheresville to care for her. Mikhail (Edouard Nikitine) is a Russian immigrant who misses his homeland but loves his two partners. He comes across as being very warm and caring, he is learning French but speaks a lot of English and of course his native tongue. They are then joined by Djamel (Yasmine Belmadi) who is a `hustler' -yay more sex! He is also Egyptian and has his own baggage too, emotional that is.

They start to care for Stephanie's mum and through flash back we get the background story and how the three came to meet. This is a brilliantly acted, directed and shot piece of cinema, I found it totally captivating and full of real emotion and some very engaging performances. The interplay between mother and son/daughter was one of the most interesting and intelligent parts of the story.

Directed and co-written by Sebastien Lifschitz (Presque Rien /Come Undone) this 94 minute offering is for anyone who is into world cinema and especially those of a gay theme.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cartoon on 28 Aug. 2012
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From the opening [Antony from Antony and the johnsons singing are you a boy or a girl ] I loved this film , a transexual take on Jules and Jim . Yes its explicit , shocking , sad , visually beautiful and another great french gay film . Stephanie returns to her sick mother , where she was Pierre. So glad I took time out from so many films that say so little or just make cheap jokes to watch this gem .
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