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Wild Side (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 14 April 2004 (France)
A transgender woman 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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stéphanie Michelini ... Stéphanie
Yasmine Belmadi Yasmine Belmadi ... Djamel
Edouard Nikitine Edouard Nikitine ... Mikhail
Josiane Stoléru Josiane Stoléru ... La mère
Corentin Carinos Corentin Carinos ... Le petit Pierre
Perrine Stevenard Perrine Stevenard ... Caroline
Benoît Verhaert Benoît Verhaert ... Le père de Pierre
Fabrice Rodriguez Fabrice Rodriguez ... Le client de la boîte
Amine Adjina Amine Adjina ... Le frère de Djamel
Christophe Sermet Christophe Sermet ... Nicolas
Loïc Pichon Loïc Pichon ... Le paysan
Veronika Pereverzeva Veronika Pereverzeva ... La mère de Mikhail
Anohni ... Le chanteur du café (as Antony Hegarty)
Gilles Forgeas Gilles Forgeas ... Premier client du bois
Pierre Nahori Pierre Nahori ... Second client du bois
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Storyline

In Paris, the thirty-two years old travesty Stéphanie a.k.a. Pierre is a streetwalker that lives with the Egyptian gay hustler Djamel and the Russian gay Mikhail that works in a restaurant. When the hospital where her mother Liliane is terminal calls her, she travels with her two lovers to the countryside to look after her dying mother. While at home, she recalls her childhood and how she met Djamel and Mikhail. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance

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France | Belgium | UK

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English | Russian | French

Release Date:

14 April 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Agria plevra See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,268, 12 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,355, 11 September 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Wild Side
Musique Originale composée et realisée par Jocelyn Pook
Arrangements Additionnels/Arranged by Harvey Brough
Performed by Electra Strings Ensemble
Alto Solo, Piano by Jocelyn Pook
Guitar, Celtic Harp: Harvey Brough
Harp: Lucy Wakeford
Alto: Clive Howard
Violin: Ian Belton,Kelly McCusker, Sally Herbert, Anne Stephenson
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Première Music Group
Editions Chester Music LTD
(p) Jocelyn Pook Ltd, sous license exclusive à Naïve
© 2004 Naïve
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Magnificent Film.
30 May 2007 | by acapelSee all my reviews

It's been a long time coming but at long last here is the first and so far only film ever to deal with transexuality with any credibility. As a transsexual myself I have found films such as Breakfast on Pluto and Soldier's Girl unpalatable to say the least, why have male actors always been cast in the role and why has there always been sycophantic praise for their acting and mannerisms when in reality they failed quite badly in most cases.

Here we have a transsexual playing a transsexual and despite not being a professional actor her performance is outstanding as are those of the two men in the triangle. The bittersweet portrayal of their lives and their decency while surrounded by everything that is rotten in life touched my heart, we are humans like everyone else capable of and needing of love not exploitation or condemnation.

Anyway it's a terrible shame that Transamerica got the plaudits when real cinema such as this is ignored.

Great, great film that I cannot recommend highly enough.


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