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Despite holding a part-time job, college freshman Laura (the stunning Deborah Francois of The Page Turner) is unable to make ends meet. Having run out of options and desperate for cash, she answers an Internet ad: Joe, 57, seeks female student for tender moments. One hundred euros an hour. Just this once, she promises herself. Three days later, Laura is in a hotel room with Joe, and the downward spiral begins. By her second customer, however, Laura already wants to stop. Will she be able to? According to one student association, there are 40,000 young women in France who work as occasional prostitutes, including the anonymous author of the notorious memoir on which this film is based. From uncompromising writer-director Emmanuelle Bercot (Clement), STUDENT SERVICES is as compelling as it is shocking.

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  • Actors: Deborah Francois, Mathieu Demy, Alain Cauchi
  • Directors: Emmanuelle Bercot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JWWT04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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110 of 123 people found the following review helpful By tepp on May 2, 2011
Format: DVD
My review is based on the French DVD release under the title 'Mes chères études.' The movie is based on the highly controversial autobiography of a French college student published in 2008. In it, "Laura" describes how a desperate financial situation led her into the world of prostitution. While her story is sensational, the controversy has more to do with her claim that thousands of other French coeds are doing essentially the same thing, a number that is mostly dismissed by the public and press but actually supported by the French police. As for the movie, it's a fairly familiar story of a good girl forced by circumstances into going "bad," but it is well done nonetheless (since I don't understand French I may have missed a nuance here and there). The lead actress, Deborah Francois, is gorgeous but sufficiently "real" enough to be believable. For those who are interested, she spends a good bit of the movie in various states of undress and looks quite comely and suitably embarassed while doing it. Be advised, there is one scene of sexual violence that may disturb some viewers.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on July 7, 2012
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Deborah Francois portrays your run-of-the-mill college student; intelligent, focused, dedicated to her boyfriend and wanting to experience the whole college scene. Unfortunately, she shares another attribute of so many college students these days: she's flat broke and is unable to pay all her bills.

To make ends meet, she turns to the world's oldest profession. The $$ is good (although a few times she gets gyped) and she not only makes enough to get her bills paid but she can even splurge a little bit and buy some fancy clothes that had always been well beyond her means.

On the downside, she is exposed to violence and the ordeal wrecks the relationships she has with the men she's dating. She's also degraded and starts to struggle to keep up with her classwork. It is, in short, something of a Faustian pact that she makes when she decides to moonlight as a courtesan.

Unlike 20yrs ago, most prostitutes of today are not streetwalkers (except for the poorest of them). Rather, they use the Internet to find their clients ~ and vice versa. It is something of a daunting process as the young girls never know who is on the other side of the Instant Message or e-mail.

Deborah Francois is not a supermodel, but she's very pretty. In other words, she is perfect for this part as she's just your average run-of-the-mill attractive college student who is trying to make ends meet. Unfortunately, young women play this dangerous game across the world at an epidemic rate these days, even at highbrow institutions such as Columbia University. It's certainly not just something that is a French / European problem. The story reflected in this movie is supposedly based on fact and it's an all too common issue that society needs to address.
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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful By avoraciousreader on June 9, 2011
Format: DVD
Student Services
dir Emmanuelle Bercot 2010

Oddly affectless story 3*

If I had been led to this film by the included trailer, I might have been tempted to sue for false advertising. The trailer makes it sound like a sprightly French sex comedy -- "I got," the arch voiceover declares, " ... creative. The money is great, the work is stimulating. Now, I'm making pleasure my business, and putting my studies on hold." Tre bien! Such fun!

In reality (even ignoring that she did not, in point of fact, put her studies on hold but pursued them doggedly), given the topic (schoolgirl prostitution), the scandalous real-life memoir on which it was based ("Mes chere etudes" or "My expensive education" by "Laura D."), and the abundant nudity and sexual situations, this film is dreary and surprisingly bland, as reflected in its muted, dingy tones.

Laura (Deborah Francois) is a university language student in an unspecified city (not Paris -- she eventually moves to Paris), barely squeaking by when her boyfriend/roommate Manu insists that she start sharing the rent. She responds to an online ad by Joe (Alain Cauchi), a persuasive fifty-something gym teacher, seeking companionship, and thus begins her career as occasional, part time, self-employed call girl. She leaves Manu and takes up with the dreamy but drifting Benjamin (Mathieu Demy), connects with another (or a few, this networking could have had more screen time) student prostitute, and enjoys the fruits of her new found solvency (new jeans and jacket, dinners out). After a series of escalating encounters with Joe, increasingly disturbing but with temptingly increasing fees, Laura flees to Paris, where she studies for her exams while working in a restaurant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ramm on December 24, 2013
Format: DVD
I generally enjoyed this film - based on the 'true/shocking' revelations of a (French) female university student who turned to the world's oldest profession to help finance her way thru school. It is, perhaps, the 'expose' angle of the movie that slants the general tenor of the piece towards a negative vibe - as the viewer is introduced to the story's lead character, Laura, and follows her down a path of personal denigration as she barters her youthful body for some spending cash & millennial trinkets.

The 'shock value' of the source book from which the screenplay was derived is based on the (purported) 'epidemic' levels of prostitution engaged in by female college students to make ends meet - so it is not surprising that the director has seemingly gone out of their way to make sure that the sexual 'pay for play' activities of the film's star are not made to look 'enjoyable'. In this, at least, they have managed to succeed!

The lead actress, Deborah Francois, IS lovely - in just the right way to provide a vulnerable heroine for the sordid tale... and she sure doesn't appear to like what she's doing in the sexual realm - so much so - that after a while I found the plot to become rather disingenuous and dis-engaging. Despite many scenes where Ms Francois fully reveals her attractive body and participates in sexual congress with a variety of sorta 'flawed' male individuals - there is nothing arousing about any of it. Could the girl be any more 'bored' & repulsed?! It really makes one wonder why her one repeat customer 'Joe' keeps coming back for more... or why SHE sticks it out for as long as she does.
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