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The Escort (1999)

Mauvaise passe (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 November 1999 (France)
Tom is a male escort boy for ladies, a gigolo. His friend Pierre doesn't find this out until later, when Tom takes him to a party without telling him why and they are paid by two lady clients.

Director:

Michel Blanc

Writers:

Michel Blanc (dialogue), Michel Blanc (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Pierre
Stuart Townsend ... Tom
Liza Walker Liza Walker ... Kim
Noah Taylor ... Gem
Frances Barber ... Jessica
Claire Skinner ... Patricia
Béatrice Agenin Béatrice Agenin ... Catherine - Pierre's Wife
Keith Allen ... Jessica's Husband
Ben Whishaw ... Jay
Barbara Flynn ... Kim's Mother
Anastasia Hille ... Steffy
Sarah-Jane Potts ... Liz
Amanda Ryan ... Ann
Peter Mullan ... Patricia's Husband
Julie Wilson Nimmo Julie Wilson Nimmo ... Girl in Soho (as Julie Wilson-Nimmo)
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Tom is a male escort boy for ladies, a gigolo. His friend Pierre doesn't find this out until later, when Tom takes him to a party without telling him why and they are paid by two lady clients.

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Taglines:

He'll be your friend, he'll be your lover, but it's strictly by the hour.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

17 November 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Blonde See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,938 (United Kingdom), 10 December 2000, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After Pierre is beaten up, he says that he is badly bruised, but when we see him soon afterwards wearing only a towel, there is no sign of bruising. See more »

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Intriguing melodrama based on an original idea
22 October 2002 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

A French academic, in a mid life crisis, comes to London to write a book but - through an accident of fate - starts earning money as a part-time male escort.

A film that is well constructed (clear-cut beginning, middle and end) and gives a fair impression of London's famous Soho area. Daniel Auteuil (Pierre)also gives a sense of sexual innocence that his 40 years on earth would surely have wiped out if he was for real!

Entertaining as it is, the whole thing comes across as being too easy and pat (even a far-too-young-for-him prostitute wants his sex). Indeed everyone seems eager to help our newly arrived hero, who tries to keep in touch with his former life in Paris by way of fractured phone conversation. Here we have pure broken marriage cliché and is the weakest part of the movie.

The sex is tasteful and erotic, but a lot of his clients are too good looking to be true and you would have to be very good at this style of work to afford a docklands apartment. There is also a little bit of drug taking and drug dealing which is seen as background detail and not moralised over.

Despite its London base (it is Brit/French production) this film is far more French than it is British. Whether you find this a good thing or a bad thing is up to you. I find it a good thing, although it could do with being a bit less poefaced and either cutting out his life-back-home or explaining what went wrong with it in detail.

Worth your time if you want a pleasant character study of a man adjusting to a new life style rather than the sex romp the poster might be suggesting.


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