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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 former call girl 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 nineteen-year-old French student named Laura who works part-time to support her studies and who lives in an apartment in the city of Besancon, France with her boyfriend.

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 an 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 something which was given a new name in the late 1970s by those who wanted to decriminalize it, and how this affects her attempt at preserving a 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 a freshman aspiring on becoming a translator or an interpreter, depicts a humane and incisive study of character.

This densely biographical, contrastingly romantic and at times eloquently humerous drama which is set in France in the late 2000s and where a person goes on the internet to find a second job and discovers an ad regarding men looking for masseuses, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, use of music, distinct and atmospheric realism, 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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