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Wild Side (2005)




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The freewheeling sexuality of three men (one of whom lives as a woman) leads them into a relationship that stretches the traditional bounds of love and friendship in this drama. Stéphanie (Stéphanie Michelini) is a pre-operative transsexual who supports herself as a prostitute and shares a flat with two roommates -- Mikhail (Edouard Nikitine), a Russian soldier who has fled the army and is hiding out in Paris, and Jamel (Yasmine Belmadi), a hustler from Algeria who services stray men in the city's railway stations. When Stéphanie's mother (who is still in deep denial about her son's new life) falls seriously ill, she travels to the small town where she was born to help care for her. Mikhail opts to tag along, and when business starts to dry up in Paris, Jamel follows them to the country. As Stéphanie struggles with her mother, both Mikhail and Jamel find themselves falling in love with her, and when she is forced to pick between them, Stéphanie chooses not to choose, opting to pursue an open relationship with both men. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: , , , , ,
Written By: Sébastien Lifshitz, Stéphane Bouquet
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On DVD: Oct 25, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Wild Side

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

Lyrical yet succinct.

Full Review… | June 23, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A morbid and self-important homosexual Jules & Jim for the new millennium.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Top Critic

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.

June 10, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 7, 2005
Village Voice
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Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
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June 25, 2005
New York Times
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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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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.

Jeff B

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