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14 April 2004 (France) See more »
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A transsexual 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Human Sexuality and the Spectrum of Love See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stéphanie Michelini ... Stéphanie
Yasmine Belmadi ... Djamel
Edouard Nikitine ... Mikhail
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
Antony Hegarty ... Le chanteur du café
Gilles Forgeas ... Premier client du bois
Pierre Nahori ... Second client du bois
Ozgur Tosunoglu ... Troisième client du bois
Réjane Kerdaffrec ... La femme de la gare
Pierre-Arnaud Jolard ... Le client de la gare
Hugo Sablic ... L'asolescent de la gare
Giovanna ... Fille de la pétanque
Stella ... Fille de la pétanque
Mimouna Hedayati ... La mère de Djamel
Olga Abrego ... La matrone du squat
Tolsty ... Le tenancier du squat
Vladislas Laskevich ... Piotr
Sacha Yatchin ... Ovguéni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fatima Adoum ... Mona
Florence Belame ... Une prostituée

Paris Benjamin ... Une prostituée
Emylou Brunet ... L'enfant de Nicolas
Didier De Neck ... Le médecin
Yann Delayaye ... L'ouvrier
Lucas Di Girolamo ... L'enfant du train
Luigi Di Girolamo ... L'homme du train
Angelique Ducrocq ... Le chauffeur du taxi
Aurélie Gibert ... La voleuse des puces
Jean-Marie Groux ... L'ambulancier
Aurélie Guichard ... La bonne soeur
Jean-Claude Joerger ... Le voyeur du bois
Ludovic Leplat ... L'ambulancier
Liliane Nataf ... L'infirmière
Michel Olivès ... Le voisin
Christophe Provost ... L'enfant de Nicolas
Valery Ribakov ... Un russe du squat
Bernadette Seinvin ... La voisine

Directed by
Sébastien Lifshitz 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stéphane Bouquet 
Sébastien Lifshitz 

Produced by
Chris Curling .... co-producer
Phil Robertson .... production executive producer
Gilles Sandoz .... producer
Christian Tison .... executive producer
Eric van Beuren .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jocelyn Pook 
 
Cinematography by
Agnès Godard 
 
Film Editing by
Stéphanie Mahet 
 
Casting by
Omri Ben Canaan 
 
Production Design by
Véronique Melery 
Roseanna Sacco  (as Roseanna Sacco-Colas)
 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Mehu 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Moralis .... makeup department head (hair department head)
 
Production Management
Benoît Baverel .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Guerbois .... production manager
Geoffroy Hassoun .... unit manager
Gaëtane Josse .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Florence Gatineau-Saillant .... trainee assistant director
Julien Selleron .... second assistant director
Philippe Thiollier .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Emilie Ferrenq .... painter
 
Sound Department
Thaddée Bertrand .... dialogue editor
Yolande Decarsin .... sound
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Lemonnier .... electrician
Tom Oversteijns .... key grip
Antoine Struyf .... second assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Thaddée Bertrand .... assistant editor
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Christophe Besnard .... assistant to producer
Tatiana Bouchain .... assistant to producer
Sophie Onteniente .... production assistant
Karen Waks .... script supervisor
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Human Sexuality and the Spectrum of Love, 4 December 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

Sébastien Lifshitz ('Come Undone', 'The Crossing') is one of the more sensitive directors to arrive on the scene in some time. He molds stories about the periphery of mankind and creates deeply human dramas without the clutter and noise that often dampen the effect of intense emotional experiences. He is intelligent, a fine writer and observer and a man unafraid to take chances: all but two of the actors in WILD SIDE are amateurs with no experience in front of the camera and from these neophytes he extracts brilliant performances. He is an artist to watch.

Stéphanie (Stéphanie Michelini) is a transsexual who makes her living through prostitution on the streets of Paris. She is a gentle, soft-spoken, tender person who is making her way in life as the being she has selected to present. She meets Djamel (Yasmine Belmadi) a handsome bisexual North African young man who likewise makes his living turning tricks in the subways and streets of Paris, another person estranged from his family as is Stéphanie. Yet another young man Mikhail (Edouard Nikitine) estranged from his family in Russia meets Stéphanie and falls in love with her. The three outsiders from a true ménage a trois, all three genetically males, all three in need of love and belonging and capable of sharing love equally within the trio. When Stéphanie learns her estranged mother (Josiane Stoléru) is critically ill, she travels to her rural French neighborhood of her youth together with Mikhail and Djamel and it is this confrontation with her past and the way she pieces her life together with the love of Mikhail and Djamel that creates the beauty of this film.

Though there are innumerable reasons for recommending this film the main one remains the manner in which Lifshitz has taken a script written with his long-term associate and fellow professor at La Fémis (Paris) Stéphane Bouquet about a marginalized portion of society and crafted one of the more touching love stories that needs and receives no apologies. Stéphanie (the actress is a transsexual in real life and has never acted before) is presented not as an oddity but as just a human being for whom life has dealt some challenges. We see her in the opening scenes fully nude with the lovely body of a female that happens to also have male genitalia. The isolation of Stéphanie's life is shown from the beginning in a scene where a group of transsexuals listen tearfully as a singer (Antony Hegarty) sings a tender ballad 'I fell in love with a beautiful dead boy...but was he a girl or a boy?'. This quiet manner pervades the film.

Mikhail is likewise played by an unknown inexperienced actor and plumbs the depths of his lonely Russian émigré with gently nuanced humility. Djamel and Stephanie's mother are played by actors with whom Lifshitz has worked before and their superlative work helps coax the best performances from the neophytes. The breathtaking cinematography is by Agnès Godard, a genius for creating atmosphere and mood, equally successful in the cramped environs where the sex for money acts are performed as well as in the beauty of the Parisian streets and the French rural countryside. The subtle music score by Jocelyn Pook is variations by a string quartet and harp and very well composed. The DVD gratefully includes and interview with Lifshitz and for once the information shared is extremely beneficial to the enjoyment of the film.

Because audiences in general have difficulty with trans/homosexual love scenes this film will probably never receive the recognition it deserves. But for those who long for the power of truly fine independent films, this film is as fine as they come - in story, in direction, in acting, in cinematography and, most important, in honesty. It is a jewel of a movie. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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