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15 of 17 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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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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30 of 35 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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5 of 6 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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8 of 10 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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7 of 9 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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10 of 14 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 20 Oct 2014
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly lovely, 23 Mar 2014
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Superbly a sexy and lovely film which blends well with a real life drama, a must see so that we can feel the challenges of life and the reality which is often untold to many
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made enjoyable French drama, 27 Sep 2013
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Deborah Francois stars as Laura, a student in a town somewhere in France. In need of extra cash, Laura seeks alternative employment. The film shows the results of Laura's response to an Internet ad.
Well worth a watch, Student Services is definitely worth even a re-watch!
Enjoy!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Conscientiously stated and important...", 9 April 2014
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French screenwriter, actress and director Emmanuelle Bercot`s television film which she wrote, is an adaptation of a memoir written by a French former student prostitute named Laura D which was published by Max Milo Éditions in 2008. It premiered in France, was shot on locations in France and is a French production which was produced by producers Denis Pineau-Valencienne and Francois Kraus. It tells the story about a French nineteen-year-old female student of applied foreign languages with a part-time job to support her studies named Laura who lives in an apartment in the city of Besancon, France with her boyfriend. One night after a conversation regarding their shared expenses, Laura goes on the internet to find a second job and discovers an ad placed by a man in his fifties whom is looking for a masseuse.

Distinctly and acutely directed by French filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws an unsentimental and heartrending portrayal of a struggling independent-minded daughter of a nurse and a mason who due to the situation she is in where she experiences that she has no choice decides to engage in what an American activist named Carol Leigh coined as “sex work” in 1978, and how this affects her attempt at preserving a natural relationship with a thirty-year-old man named Benjamin. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Christophe Offenstein, production design by production designer Eric Barboza, costume design by costume designer Marité Coutard and use of colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about the gracelessness, desolation, political influences and unforeseeable dangers concerning this kind of 21st century capitalistic free trade which increases objectification, social stigmatization, crime, misandry and utopian notions of sex equaling happiness, and the irrevocable abandonment and compromising of crucial human values, depicts a humane and incisive study of character where a freshman whom is set on becoming a translator or an interpreter apathetically and with external confidence takes on a role she thinks she is able to live in without having to sacrifice her emotional integrity.

This densely biographical, contrastingly romantic and at times eloquently humerous drama which is set in France in the late 2000s, which commendably envisages the correlation between acting and prostitution regarding the art of impersonation and how remotely far from dignifying, wonderful or intriguing prostitution is, and where a person tells the person whom he regards as a purchasable object and commodity with the function of realizing his underdeveloped fantasies that he has ethics, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, use of music, distinct and atmospheric realism, comment : “I have too many revolting images in my head”, the admirable acting performance by Belgian actress Déborah Francois and the good acting performances by French actors Alain Couchi and Mathieu Demy. A conscientiously stated and important reconstruction of real events.
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