Wild Side (2005)
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|Genre:||Art House & International, Drama|
|Directed By:||Antony Hegarty, Edouard Nikitine, Liliane Nataf, Stéphanie Michelini, Yasmine Belmadi, Sébastien Lifshitz|
|Written By:||Sébastien Lifshitz, Stéphane Bouquet|
|In Theaters:||Jun 10, 2005 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 25, 2005|
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Critic Reviews for Wild Side
A morbid and self-important homosexual Jules & Jim for the new millennium.
Viewers are either going to walk out after 10 minutes or, like this tolerant critic, get caught up in the sordid lives of the three misfits and stick around for the ambiguous ending.
Lifshitz successfully maneuvers his trio of outcasts toward a state of grace: His vision of misfit utopianism, in its own quiet way, is as defiant as anything in Fassbinder.
Audience Reviews for Wild Side
This is definitely not an action packed thriller. Think of it more as a French version of Transamerica. Stephanie Michelini plays a pre-surgical transsexual prostitute who returns home to care for her dying mother. A moving performance. Her two live-in lovers join her in the countryside. The entire film consists of the interplay between these three unlikely lovers and their reminiscences of their lives up to this point. Poignant and thoughtful, rather than wild and wooly, it presents a solid argument for allowing people to be who they are without trying to make them fit society's approval. So if your thing is bang-bang shoot-'em-ups, this won't work for you. But if you are willing to be uncomfortable and to follow this non-linear story, you might be rewarded with a new sympathy for a sad segment of society. This viewer found the relaxed pace and the scenery to be quite enough to keep one entertained.
Very well-directed glimpse into the intertwined lives of two bi males and the transsexual they both love. Ironically, Yasmine Belmadi died in a scooter accident this summer; his character tells Mikhail about a serious accident he had on a scooter.
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