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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy!!
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Manages to Make Sex Un-Sexy
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,...
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Manages to Make Sex Un-Sexy, 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.

Without treading into the politically/morally dicey territory surrounding the whole issue of prostitution - I felt that this film presents a sort of mono-dimensional and moralistic take on the situation. Some reviewers compare 'Student Services' to the likes of "Pretty Woman" and extol its' virtues for presenting a more 'realistic' portrayal of the disagreeable aspects of prostitution - personally I might suggest that a more relevant comparison could be to the cable TV series "Diary of A Call Girl" based on the 'true' adventures of London escort (AND student!) Belle de Jour. 'Belle' also exhibits a 'conflicted' character in trying to reconcile the two sides of her life in the face of society's general disdain for sex workers - but she, at least, takes 'some' pleasure in her craft, and on occasion even finds her sexual skills to be of 'service' in helping individuals overcome personal problems. Admittedly, the 'clients' that Laura encounters in "Student Services" are portrayed as a particularly loutish lot - but 'where's the love'?! Ultimately I began to sympathize w/ her self loathing and sorta lost interest in the 'story' - such as it was. There are obviously 'bigger issues' of youth poverty and socioeconomic inequality at play - but none of them get meaningfully addressed/answered in this film. On a strictly prurient level - worth a look for the fetching form of Ms Francois in the buff - but nothing to get too excited about.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexkiller., 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy!!, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Confused Story, 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
1.0 out of 5 stars TOTAL MALE WISH-FULFILLMENT, 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. Better to insert a nice piece of wan*-candy, and get some absolute suckers to claim THIS REALLY HAPPENED TO THEM/SOMEONE THEY KNEW/THEIR COLLEGE ROOMMATES FORMER BEST-FRIENDS BOYFRIENDS SISTERS OLD HIGH-SCHOOL BULLYS NEIGHBOURS DAUGHTER NEXTDOOR BUT ONE. Now, THAT, actually makes more believable copy. MR. R.A. P.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty but realistic potrayal of what some female students resort to, to survive., 17 Dec 2013
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This is not a film for people who might be looking for soft core entertainment. This is, however, a film that the French seem to be good at producing, time and time again.
If you're a parent of teenage kids, particularly girls, with the expectation and desire to see that they do well in their education and perhaps go onto university, which may take them well away from the safety of their home, you will definitely not want to learn that they're having to acquire extra curriculum skills and activities, just to be able to pay their bills / rent and buy food. This film attempts to show that once someone discovers the lure of easy money, that they're sucked in to more and more encounters with men with unknown sexual kinks / fetishes.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new!, 11 Jan 2014
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Even in the pre student loan era when I was at University, one heard of girls who 'paid their way' and supplemented often meagre grants by taking jobs as 'topless waitresses' or strippers, whether or not things went further than mere visual entertainment I do not know. One student of astrophysics was so successful that she was the only girl I knew that ran a brand new sports car (and she ended up with a good degree too). The subject of this film therefore comes as no amazing new revelation to me although the girl here does go straight 'on the game'. Well acted, a banal plot .....but the 'scenery' is quite attractive!
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2.0 out of 5 stars It would have be helpful if the language spoken in ..., 21 Nov 2014
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It would have be helpful if the language spoken in the film was shown in the write,up which you can see when buying in a shop
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 13 Nov 2014
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so bad how can money be spent on this rubbish !!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars girl is pretty but story not great, 19 Sep 2014
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Reasonable, girl is pretty but story not great
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