Wild Side [DVD]
Gay men Mikhail and Jamel and transsexual Stephanie are three lost souls who share an unbreakable bond, one that is made stronger by the risqué lives they lead in the seedy side streets and train stations of Paris where they use their bodies to turn tricks. Whilst battling with their own inner demons they also find solace in each other s arms. When Stephanie receives a phone call to say her mother is unwell, the three lovers go to Stephanie's village deep in rural France. Once there, she begins to unravel some of the childhood events that have made her the person she is today.
From the director of Presque Rien, the subtle, highly stylized and thoroughly emotive Wild Side has drawn comparisons to Agnes Godard s Beau Travail and Jacques Nolot s Before I Forget.
- Deleted Scenes
- Interview with Director & cast
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Top international reviews
Stephanie is a transsexual. That is no secret right from the start of the film. I watched the film with my girlfriend, who is also a transsexual, and she found Stephanie sympathetic and convincing. Need I say more?
So, slow in places but hang on in there. It is ultimately a rewarding film and some of the images will stay in your mind for a long time afterwards. I will watch it again and again.
Beautiful bittersweet story of love surrounded by a sea of squaller and human degradation.
There is no other film that comes near it on these issues believe me, highly, highly recommended by myself a transexual.
Film che 'arriva' ma che non mi ha coinvolto totalmente.
Ottima la spedizione Amazon. Ma attenzione perché il film è Erroneamente venduto come film in italiano quando in verità non esistono opzioni di lingua... Il DVD è SOLO in francese con sottotitoli in italiano. Tre stelle
The two males (though in reality there are three of course) are a couple of nondescript and uninteresting characters, who have nothing in particular going for them save for their rugged appearance that enables them to make money from gratifying their own potent libidoes. They also have sex with each other and, rather implausibly, with their transvestite friend. And just to show that all gay men are not frustrated women trapped inside men's bodies, in that they can be as butch as 'real men', we are given demonstrations of their 'manly' traits with scenes of male bonding by way of tiresome old cliches, such as mucking about with a football and engaging in some good-humoured boxing. The problem with these two characters is that, although we can recognise that some people are pre-destined to endure difficult lives due to circumstances beyond their control, it is not easy to feel sympathy for infividuals who appear to be cynically exploiting others who are just as vulnerable as they are themselves; their healthy sexual appetite, or even promiscuity, is not the problem, but rather their lack of moral scruples in using others just to make life easier for themselves.
As for the transvestite, who basically just struts about with an imperious look on his face, vainly trying to pull off a look of nonchalance and sophistication in the face of the indignity and hostility he inevitably has to endure, your sympathy for him will depend very much on what your view is on transgenderism. Intentional or otherwise, the attitude of this character seems to raise questions on the very motives behind transgenderism, and therefore cast doubt on the ethical justification for society's endorsement of such a lifestyle. Here it would seem that the motive for masquerading as a woman is primarily a sexual one - as the object is simply to have as much promiscuous sex with straight guys as opportunity and good fortune will allow. As for the childhood references tediously interposed throughout the entirety of the film, they are an irrelevance if they are being offered as a means of generating sympathy for the character or affording us an insight into his psychology: in that it goes without saying that those whose sexual identity is judged harshly by others, will very often have suffered persecution and a sense of alienation right from the beginning of their hapless lives.
This is not an easy film to watch, regardless of your sexuality. It is a raw and uncompromising window into an alien lifestyle that will undoubtedly challenge the entrenched moral standards of the more conventional individual. The film is depressingly bleak in its portrayal of those living on the fringe of society as social outcasts, and is jam-packed with graphic sexual imagery that illustrate man's preoccupation with sex and all its possibilities. It is difficult to see the point of this film, particularly if it is to be judged as a worthy contribution to gay cinema in promoting better understanding of sexual orientation; indeed you might argue that it is more likely to reinforce negative preconceptions and discrimination rather than put out a more positive message. You could also be forgiven for thinking the inspiration for this film has its source in the indulgent and seedy mind of a clueless and rather tasteless director. If he wanted his film to convey any sort of statement at all, then it was well and truly obliterated by the endless onslaught of squalid imagery that packed the film from beginning to end.