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Touching tale of transvestism, prostitution and love,
This review is from: Wild Side [DVD] (DVD)
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. Whilst there is a fair bit of rumpy pumpy in this it is actually done very sensitively and with the three lovers it is genuinely touching without being crass or vulgar. So for some real alternative TV, then you can not go wrong with this.