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Isaach De Bankolé
Drawing some intriguing parallels between the work of the prostitute and that of the psychiatrist-both have clients, both charge for sessions, both take on roles that serve the needs, psychological or otherwise, of those they serve, Jeanne Labrune's drama stars Isabelle Huppert and Bouli Lanners as, respectively, Alice, a disaffected call girl and Xavier, a shrink with a crumbling domestic situation. With sex more talked about than shown, the film is filled with pointed dialogue and double entendres Written by
Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
This movie bears a strong resemblance to Stanley Kubrick's film "Eyes Wide Shut," which also failed at what I think the film maker was trying to say. In this one, the similarity went even so far as having an orgy scene. Doing that took a lot of courage. Does it surprise anyone that there is a parallel between psychoanalysis and prostitution? Both in the roles of client and helper; in the exchange of service for money; in a neurotic desire that needs adjustment through a session. The picture also seems to be saying that in these changing times, both "professions" are in decline. The one because of the new sexual freedom. The other because of an attitude of 'there's nothing wrong with me; this is who I am.' I like Ms Huppert, but don't think that this role was right for her. Yet it is because of her performance that the picture was watchable. Otherwise it didn't tell me anything that isn't obvious, and it did all this with a happy Hollywood ending.
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