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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:

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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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Surprising
4 November 2000 | by reynattSee all my reviews

Intrigued is what I felt when I bought my ticket, surprised is what I felt when the movie started, but what exactly is what I felt when I left the theater ? I still don't know, but it felt good.

Michel Blanc is more used to making funny movies (either as an actor or as a director), and is very good at that. But here, that's a totally different kind of movie. Here he goes deeper into human relationships by trying to understand what happens when a human being freaks out.

The story of Pierre, leaving his whole life behind to flee to London, escaping something (but what, really ?) is just what could happen to the guy next door, or even to you. And therefore, you see the movie with a totally different perspective, getting in the stead of this guy, seeing and understanding what happens to him, and saying to yourself "gosh, this could be me".

Pierre's freaking out and all that happens thereafter, is so very understandable that it makes the movie reach you to your deepest core. You take the character in sympathy, feel like he's someone you know. And when he trips, you trip along with him.

In the end, I spent a very good time watching this movie though I just didn't really know what to expect (my girlfriend took me to seeing it). This movie leaves you with a sensation inside, but what kind of sensation, I'm unable to describe... But it was NOT the sensation of having lost my time.


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Country:

France | UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

17 November 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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