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Mes chères études (2010)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  18 January 2010 (France)
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Laura is a 19-year-old university freshman who desperately wants to do well in school. She works a part-time job but cannot make ends meet. One evening in which she is short of funds, she ... See full summary »

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Laura
Alain Cauchi ...
Joe
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Benjamin
Benjamin Siksou ...
Manu
Joseph Braconnier ...
Client parking
Marc Chapiteau ...
Le photographe
Pascal Bongard ...
Gérard
Anna Sigalevitch ...
Fanny
Lou Bohringer ...
Lou
Marthe Caufman ...
Elisa
Édith Le Merdy ...
L'assistante sociale
Fred Epaud ...
L'agent immobilier
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Massimiliano Verardi ...
Dino
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Laura is a 19-year-old university freshman who desperately wants to do well in school. She works a part-time job but cannot make ends meet. One evening in which she is short of funds, she answers a personal ad online by "Joe," 57, who seeks a female student for "tender moments." The pay is 100 euros per hour. Laura pledges to do this just once, and three days later, she goes to a hotel room with Joe. And then her spiral begins. Written by peter07

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With Closed Eyes
Interprété par Shannon Wright
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Touch and Go 2004
© Published by TuTu68 Music BMI/Bug Music
Taken from the album "Over The Sun"
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"Conscientiously stated and important..."
9 April 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

French screenwriter, actress and director Emmanuelle Bercot's television film which she wrote, is an adaptation of a memoir written by a French former student prostitute named Laura D which was published by Max Milo Éditions in 2008. It premiered in France, was shot on locations in France and is a French production which was produced by producers Denis Pineau-Valencienne and Francois Kraus. It tells the story about a French nineteen-year-old female student of applied foreign languages with a part-time job to support her studies named Laura who lives in an apartment in the city of Besancon, France with her boyfriend. One night after a conversation regarding their shared expenses, Laura goes on the internet to find a second job and discovers an ad placed by a man in his fifties whom is looking for a masseuse.

Distinctly and acutely directed by French filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws an unsentimental and heartrending portrayal of a struggling independent-minded daughter of a nurse and a mason who due to the situation she is in where she experiences that she has no choice decides to engage in what an American activist named Carol Leigh coined as "sex work" in 1978, and how this affects her attempt at preserving a natural relationship with a thirty-year-old man named Benjamin. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Christophe Offenstein, production design by production designer Eric Barboza, costume design by costume designer Marité Coutard and use of colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about the gracelessness, desolation, political influences and unforeseeable dangers concerning this kind of 21st century capitalistic free trade which increases objectification, social stigmatization, crime, misandry and utopian notions of sex equaling happiness, and the irrevocable abandonment and compromising of crucial human values, depicts a humane and incisive study of character where a freshman whom is set on becoming a translator or an interpreter apathetically and with external confidence takes on a role she thinks she is able to live in without having to sacrifice her emotional integrity.

This densely biographical, contrastingly romantic and at times eloquently humorous drama which is set in France in the late 2000s, which commendably envisages the correlation between acting and prostitution regarding the art of impersonation and how remotely far from dignifying, wonderful or intriguing prostitution is, and where a person tells the person whom he regards as a purchasable object and commodity with the function of realizing his underdeveloped fantasies that he has ethics, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, use of music, distinct and atmospheric realism, comment : "I have too many revolting images in my head", the admirable acting performance by Belgian actress Déborah Francois and the good acting performances by French actors Alain Couchi and Mathieu Demy. A conscientiously stated and important reconstruction of real events.


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