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A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill. From the moment they meet, brooding Chris (Pierre Perrier) and the beautiful Aurore (Lizzie Brocherè) fall instantly and passionately in love but it s not long before their intense connection is consumed by Chris s dark obsession with gay men. Before long, the pair embarks on a violent and sexual journey filled with seduction and destruction of young gay hustlers. Hard-hitting, intensely sexy and wildly controversial, American Translation is a twisted Bonnie and Clyde for a new generation.


Two sexy, sweaty bodies in search of a narrative, Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr's "American Translation" is the kind of disjointed film that gives smutty French art cinema a bad name. With indecently good-looking thesps Pierre Perrier and Lizzie Brochere (who played siblings in Arnold and Barr's "One to Another") cast as young lovers, "Translation's" main narrative drive comes from the fact that he is a compulsive killer, which only gradually dawns on her (but doesn't scare her away). This theatrical turkey could find some redemption in ancillary if marketed to niche auds looking for subtitled flesh. Bisexual but monolingual Chris (Perrier) drives around in his camper in search of victims. After he's fallen for Aurore (Brochere), who has an American dad (Barr), Chris alternates bouts of sex with killing rentboys and strangers. Press notes suggests the pic's a meditation on Eros and Thanatos, but that's a bit like a doctoral thesis explaining the Jungian undercurrents in "Sesame Street"; the elements might indeed be there, but no regular viewer is likely to notice. Barr's cheap-looking, shaky DV lensing is below par, though the actors' charisma shines through. --Variety

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  • Actors: Pierre Perrier, Lizzie Brochere
  • Directors: Pascal Arnold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074NDNJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2.7 out of 5 stars

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 21, 2012
Format: DVD
This stars Pierre Perrier as Chris, he is hot and he knows he is. He leads an unconventional life in that he lives in a rubbish Puegeot van and makes money by playing poker. As he says, he is just lucky and as luck would have it he bumps into Lizzie Brouchere who plays Aurore. She is a Daddy's girl, half American, half French and half stupid, as she falls for this Romeo at the drop of a hat or as it turns out a drop of her knickers. Any way it isn't just a one night thing for either of them as the following day he whisks her off to a life of free living and free loving.

The only catch is they have to go in his van, and he also has a thing for men. When I say a thing I don't mean his trouser snake, no he sort of wants to seduce young men and then sort of kill them. Well for most this could be a big `elephant in the room' moment when she finds out, but in true lover's style, they decide they can work something out.

So not an average tale and not an average production, as the production values are really good; there is an underlying air of tension through out and there is lots of `getting it on' right from the start. The acting of the two leads is both assured and accomplished; the soundtrack is pretty good too.

To say any more might spoil the plot, but really so much does happen and there are subtle twists that keep the atmosphere of brooding dread ramped up right until the conclusion. I was pretty much hooked from the beginning. It is in French with some `American' as Chris calls it and the sub titles are all pretty good, with a ninety minute run, this is another really good independent French film so if that is your `le sac' then you should enjoy
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard The Buying Hearted VINE VOICE on October 11, 2013
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Not your average cup of tea here in Amerioa. This French film has more in common with American Psycho than Psycho if you're going for a literal American Translation. The young stars are mesmerizing and totally beautiful eye candy in the process. Be warned the French have no problem with full frontal nudity and in the case of Pierre Perrier's lap dance sequence (seducing and dominating yet vaguely submitting to his girlfriend in one of the movies most erotic and disturbing scenes)indicates they have no problem with full male arousal as well. The movie is hard to peg but suffice it to say the girl falls for the boy who also likes guys and (as a little kicker that would destroy most relationships) unlike his hetero bent...he prefers to kill his male hustler tricks in the bargain. It's a road trip movie as only the French could imagine it and certainly it is full of meanings and shifting shadows that you garner at your own level of maturity and insight. It's the modern equivalent of the movies Alain Delon and Gerard Depardieu did in the sixties and eighties respectively stretching the envelope of French Cinema (and world cinema for that matter). I am not familiar with this Director's work (Pascal Arnold in collaboration with Jean-Marc Barr, cinematographer and editor) but am highly intrigued now by this dark blooded take on love and sex and modern morality of serial killers in pursuit of themselves and escaping themselves (and remarkably with zero blood or gore on screen). Perrier is certainly an actor to take note of in his male/female nubile and nebulous embodiment of the wounded loner ready to take a mate and to share his psychic wasteland (and the actor's willingness to do just that). He hits his notes perfectly and interprets the music he is playing masterfully for such a young man.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jacob clemons on January 28, 2015
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The movie sucked royally. No tension. No grit. No reason to have the guy kill the hustlers. Flat story. No purpose. Waste of money. No danger. Are there a lot of "no's" in my review for a reason? Yes, don't make the same mistake I did. There was no thrill. If there was a bright spot it was dimmed by the threadbare story of a transient guy who drives around in the most obvious "kill-mobile" that the company "Oskar Meyer" would sue for making them file legal papers! Then he can't control his homosexual urges even as he beds the beautiful Brochere. It was so highfalutin' dumb I now realize some foreign movies are just as susceptible to moronic tendencies as much as American films. Though the setting is in France, Brochere reveals her Francophile nature and speaks the native tongue in the most unexpected places! The creative team behind "The Sexual Chronicles" series among other controversial fare, did not delver AT ALL !!!!!!!!!! This is no Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy homage. They would become reanimated and kill the character and the creative team just for giving serial killing a buffoonish caricature. I scratch my head as I ponder the length and breadth of the creative team's research They could have gone to Belgium which is across the border to research Marc Dutroux who abused and killed six girls. Gone to Canada and researched Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka who killed and raped three girls. Karla Homolka's trial was akin to the OJ Simpson trial. It was that infamous. They could have figured in the French crimes of Pierre Chanal who killed 17 boys in the 1980's or Francis Heaulme who extinguished 20 innocent lives between 1984 and 1992. Even Germany where a trucker named Volker Eckert accused of killing 19 sex workers from France and Spain between 1974 and 2006.Read more ›
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