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Wild Side (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 14 April 2004 (France)
A transgender woman who survives prostituting herself in Paris, returns - with her two male lovers in tow - to her family home in the countryside to look after her dying mother.

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Yasmine Belmadi ...
Edouard Nikitine ...
Josiane Stoléru ...
La mère
Corentin Carinos ...
Le petit Pierre
Perrine Stevenard ...
Caroline
Benoît Verhaert ...
Le père de Pierre
Fabrice Rodriguez ...
Le client de la boîte
Amine Adjina ...
Le frère de Djamel
Christophe Sermet ...
Nicolas
Loïc Pichon ...
Le paysan
Veronika Pereverzeva ...
La mère de Mikhail
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Le chanteur du café
Gilles Forgeas ...
Premier client du bois
Pierre Nahori ...
Second client du bois

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In Paris, the thirty-two years old travesty Stéphanie a.k.a. Pierre is a streetwalker that lives with the Egyptian gay hustler Djamel and the Russian gay Mikhail that works in a restaurant. When the hospital where her mother Liliane is terminal calls her, she travels with her two lovers to the countryside to look after her dying mother. While at home, she recalls her childhood and how she met Djamel and Mikhail. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$4,268 (USA) (10 June 2005)

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$15,355 (USA) (9 September 2005)
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I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy
(Film Version)
Arranged By [Cordes] Jocelyn Pook
Composed By, Lyrics By Antony Hegarty (as Antony)
Vocals by Antony Hegarty
(p) 2004 Antony
© 2004 Naïve
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Three-cornered relationship of 3 social outcasts
28 February 2005 | by (Warwick, England) – See all my reviews

Wild Side was one of the best movies at last year's Rotterdam Film Festival, and is a must see for the admirers of Lifshitz (Corps overt, Les). The title refers to Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed.

The story follows the lives of three social outcasts. Stéphanie is 32, transsexual, a prostitute and tired of life. She finds incidental moments of happiness by going out or hanging around with her girlfriends. Stéphanie lives with Jamel (Terres froides, Les), an young North African who also occasionally works as a prostitute. When Stéphanie meets the Russian Michail, a deserter and illegal immigrant in France, she can't choose between the two men and a triangular relationship ensues.

The 3 characters are by society considered as outcasts, but the unlikely friends have found comfort and passion in each other. Lifshitz managed to create a mirror of life and hope, which is reflected through the beautiful performance of his actors.

The director provides a realistic picture of the life of his characters, without glorifying or glamorising the fringes of society. A movie for those who appreciate life, love and friendship.

8/10


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