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Film Review: ‘La Creme de la creme’

1 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In France, the slang term for pimp is “maquereau.” In Kim Chapiron’s “La Creme de la creme,” a group of super-competitive French business-school students get a lesson in what sounds like “macro economics,” starting a prostitution ring that pairs eager young women with their socially awkward classmates. Loosely inspired by true events, then given a high-fantasy Hollywood-style polish in the retelling, this hip pic should have no trouble seducing young auds in Gaul, but proves surprisingly tame for export (with very little nudity, despite the racy subject), where a more risque treatment might have paid serious dividends on VOD.

Considering the sexually uninhibited reputation French movies have abroad, a shrewd distributor might be able to bait-and-switch audiences into taking this for an edgier Bret Easton Ellis-style satire of self-destructive bright young things. Truth be told, the film already feels like the American remake of itself, boasting a super-pro, »

- Peter Debruge

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