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In the 1960s, bourbon and money flowed freely in the Parisian neighborhood of Pigalle. Here, the city came alive at night behind closed curtains and in the company of mob men, gender-bending performers and prostitutes who made love without boundaries. Then there was Georgia (Lou Doillon) alias Gigola a temptress who dressed like a refined young man and used her charm and wits to rise to the top of the urban underworld. Still haunted by the suicide of her first mistress, Gigola sparks a string of torrid affairs with enchanted women, like Cora, a young barmaid, or Odette, an old aristocrat who lavishes her with extravagant gifts in exchange for sexual favors.
Based on the long censored novel of the same name, Gigola captures a little known chapter in Parisian history in which eroticism defied conventional morals. Delightfully filmed with an old-fashioned sense of theatricality, Laure Charpentier s directorial debut is above all a portrait of an audacious woman who forged her own trail through life.
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Whenever I watch or listen to Miss Doillon she is running from and towards something .. notably a lost love of some sort.. and fully expressing "that" seems to be an obsession which makes for great art.. (Edvard Munch, Klimt comes to mind). She's been shadowed with her incredible extended family (do the research yourself it's extensive) and I know she'll overcome all of that past stuff.
Just be yourself Lou!
Very looong story short. Ugly French girl drops out of med school to become a pimp, and has a thing for OLD women.
Warning ** very unappealing sex scene with a 70 year old woman.
Spoiler** she wants a baby, so she sleeps with a guy, changes mind gives bb away. end.
Would never recommend this film.
When the film begins, we see a young, innocent, Georgia (Lou Dillon) deeply smitten with her schoolmistress Sybil. Upon graduation, she convinces Sybil that she truly wants a life with her and to embrace her lesbian identity.
A few years later, Georgia has transformed herself into Gigola. With slick hair, a snakehead cane, elegant suits and impeccable style, Gigola rules the night. The night however is full of many things and to acquire money, Gigola must become just that, a gigolo and a seducer of much older women. Rich women who appreciate her charms dote on her with jewellery, money and cars.
Soon she rules Pigalle's nightlife along with the gangsters and pimps, acquiring her own prostitutes who service both men and women. When she meets Danny in a bar, she believes that she has potential. Gigola soon seduces her, purchases her from her pimp, buys her new clothes and begins Danny's transformation into Cora. Sadly, Danny's drinking problem mars this promising relationship and we begin to see the temperamental and vengeful side of Gigola.
Through flashbacks, we learn that Gigola's first love, her schoolmistress Sybil committed suicide many year's ago. Still tormented, Gigola is unable to love or allow another woman to love her. Instead, she deals with the loss by disappearing into the night - "The night is for forgetting, easy money and flirting with death". Slowly the layers peel away until we see how Gigola's own demons have influenced the present day woman.
After a particularly bad night Gigola wakes up in a hospital room from an overdose. Her doctor reminds her so much of Sybil that she relentlessly pursues her upon release from the hospital. Will she be the one who helps her forget the past?
Gigola is a unique film that captures a little known chapter in Parisian history when the nightlife was full of ambiguity and identity and sexuality were undefined.
Author of the 2013 Lesbian Film Guide