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Francis Girod (scenario and dialogue) &
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Release Date:
8 August 2001 (France) See more »
Bo is a transexual prostitute in Brussels who left home after being abused by her father. She's now... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Francis Girod 
Writing credits
Francis Girod (scenario and dialogue) &
Philippe Cougrand (scenario and dialogue)

Brigitte Aubert (novel "Transfixions")

Produced by
Humbert Balsan .... producer
Marie-Astrid Lamboray .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Thierry Jault 
Film Editing by
Isabelle Dedieu 
Production Design by
Perrine Rulens 
Costume Design by
Nathalie Leborgne 
Makeup Department
Stella Bertiglia .... key hair stylist
Evelyne Byot .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Stéphane Lhoest .... production manager
Peter Van den Borre .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Bell .... second assistant director
François Domange .... first assistant director
Véronique Jadin .... third assistant director
Art Department
François Bautier .... swing gang
Guy Cantraine .... props
Nathalie Wartel .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jean-Pierre Houël .... assistant boom operator (as Jean-Pierre Houele)
Dominique Mazière .... foley artist
Pascal Mazière .... foley artist
Henri Morelle .... sound
Stéphane Morelle .... boom operator
Jean-Max Morise .... post-synchronization
Claude Villand .... sound
Pascal Vuillemin .... assistant sound mixer
Christophe Winding .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Johan Apers .... first assistant camera
Antoine Bellem .... electrician
Jacques Borguet .... key grip
Boris Bourgois .... grip
Jean Christophe Delinaoumis .... second assistant camera
Michel van Laer .... camera operator: Second unit
Hervé Lode .... first assistant camera
Olivier Merckx .... Steadicam operator
Denis Paquet .... best boy
Rachel Perez .... first assistant camera
Philippe Therasse .... first assistant camera
Jean-Noël Viry .... gaffer
Casting Department
Ariane Corbiau .... casting: Belgium
Célia Ducloux .... casting: France
Claire Paillotin .... casting: France
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nathalie Leborgne .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Mathilde Cousin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
John Timperley .... music recordist
Other crew
Joëlle Keyser .... script supervisor
Sofie Tusschans .... assistant location manager
Peter Van den Borre .... location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mauvais genres" - France (original title)
"Bad Genres" - International (English title) (festival title)
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
glorious excesses, 23 October 2007
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

This film was recently recommended to me on a forum discussion concerning the best LGBT cinema. But Mauvais Genres is so good that I wouldn't say that it appeals only to such interest groups. It is excessively Hitchcockian (an adjective used far too often, but utterly justified in this case) in it's outlook. Indeed there are so many MacGuffins in this thriller involving props such as a microfilm or a heart-shaped box that you feel it edging almost into the territory of parody. As it is the movie stays at a more gleeful, vital, tone, revelling in homage. It is glossy enough for us to suggest that its tone comes from Hitchcock via de Palma. The music though seems directly inspired by such classic Hitchock scores as that in Vertigo.

There are in my opinion two characters in this movie of outstanding interest. First we have Bo, a transsexual entertainer, played by Robinson Stévenin, in what has to be one of the most outstanding performances that I have ever seen (winning the Cesar for best new actor). She is such an alive and beautiful person that it is truly painful when we see her subjected to violence. There is a subplot in the film concerning the fact that she was abused as a child and there are implications that her retreat into femininity is a coping strategy for dealing with that abuse. I'm in no way qualified to examine the risibility or otherwise of such claims, but certainly these thoughts may have been filtering through her mind and leading towards self-destructive behaviour.

The meat of the movie, which is only ostensibly a serial-killer thriller, is her love for Johnny, a clearly violent and handsome young man who has very mixed thoughts concerning transsexuals. Her love for him is so blind as to verge on self-immolation, her approaches undeterred by even a broken arm. I watch film to see excesses of emotions, and in her love for this psychotic individual, Bo's love becomes a fiery inferno that inundates her.

Johnny is also a very interesting character, he joined up in the foreign legion to see the tropics but, we are told, ended up waiting table at headquarters in Avignon. Metaphorically speaking perhaps that's what happens to most men in modern society. And you can certainly sense the frustration in this 'red-blooded' man for whom society is effectively a cage.

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