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Memoirs of a French Whore (1979)

La dérobade (original title)
X | | Drama | May 1982 (USA)
Marie (Miou-Miou) is a young girl from a working-class family who falls for Gerard (Daniel Duval) before she discovers he is a vicious, sadistic pimp. She is degraded, abused, and beaten ... See full summary »

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Maloup
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André
Jean Benguigui ...
Jean-Jean
Martine Ferrière ...
Madame Pedro
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Gérard aka "Gégé"
Brigitte Ariel ...
Odette
Marie Pillet ...
Lulu
Régis Porte ...
François
Michel Berto
Yvon Brexel
Bernard Cazassus
Henry Djanik
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Albert Dray
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Marie (Miou-Miou) is a young girl from a working-class family who falls for Gerard (Daniel Duval) before she discovers he is a vicious, sadistic pimp. She is degraded, abused, and beaten regularly by Gerard as she is forced into a life of prostitution. Marie later decides she must leave her pimp to regain control of her body, mind, and soul. Written by lament

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Life and anger of a Parisian prostitute
13 November 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

A girl, Marie (Miou-Miou) is led into prostitution by her pimp boyfriend, Gerard (Daniel Duval). She must not only give money to him but to the gangsters that explore him as well. Marie, together with a friend, Maloup (Maria Schneider), will try to become independent. They start to work the streets on their own but they will meet physical and sexual violence. They return to the brothels, and Marie goes back to her pimp, but Gerard has his caprices and wants more and more – he's in a spiral downwards and he's leading Marie with him. There's seems to be no escape.

"La Derobade" is a grim film – it shows the streets, the city scum and the violence that is an ever-constant threat to the girls who work the streets. It's a sad life.

The film is based on the memoirs written by Jeanne Cordelier. Miou-Miou is Marie - her acting is nothing short of luminous. And the musical score gives the film a reflexive, melancholic tone.

"La Derobade" is unique in the genre – it is at the same time poetic and realistic. A neglected gem that deserves more recognition.


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