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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, Rovi
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Josiane Storelu
as The Mother
Corentin Carinos
as Little Pierre
Benoît Verhaert
as Pierre's Father
Jacques Hery
as Courteous Clubber
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Critic Reviews for Wild Side

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Lyrical yet succinct.

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
Variety
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.

June 7, 2005
Village Voice
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The woe-is-me, pity-please ambiance with which Lifschitz has suffused his movie becomes more than a little hard to take.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

A weirder ménage à trois you will never encounter.

Full Review… | August 19, 2006
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Wild Side

Viewers are either going to walk out after 10 minutes or, like this more tolerant critic, get caught up in the sordid lives of the three misfits and stick around for the ambiguous ending.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A bizarre love triangle among a transsexual prostitute & 2 bi-sexual men. Depressing as [Presque Rien] in vein although the latter looks way more substantial than this one.

WS Wu
WS Wu

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
Jeff B

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