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Memoirs of a French Whore (1979)

La dérobade (original title)
X | | Drama | May 1982 (USA)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Benguigui ...
Martine Ferrière ...
Madame Pedro
Daniel Duval ...
Gérard aka "Gégé"
Brigitte Ariel ...
Marie Pillet ...
Régis Porte ...
Michel Berto
Yvon Brexel
Bernard Cazassus
Henry Djanik
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Albert Dray


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18 April 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Prostitution is a subject that has been ill-treated in film. Either the subject matter is too shocking for prudish censor boards, or the scripts have foundered in sentimentality and silliness. There is the documentary approach: Godard tried it twice in Vivre Sa vie and Two or three things..., with no great success. There are the romantic-surrealist or burlesque approaches: Belle de jour, McCabe and Mrs Miller, Pretty Baby, Whore, Irma La Douce. These films have their partisans, but they don't satisfy me. The violence and squalor of whoring just aren't brought out and made real. This is a trade that can lead to the death (or incapacitation) of the woman who practices it. Daniel Duval is not a director to stand with Bunuel, Malle, Altman or Godard, but at least he understands the grittiness and desperation of the material he is dealing with.

Miou-Miou won the César for Best Actress for her portrayal of Marie-Mage; it is well deserved. She brings out the desperate clinging to her pimp Gérard (excellently played by Duval), and makes real the symbiotic relations between the two. Gérard, for all his creepiness, is really the best thing she has ever seen.

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