Gigola posterDirector: Laure Charpentier
Stars: Marisa Berenson, Lou Doillon, Marie Kremer and Eduardo Noriega

Based on Laure Charpentier’s book, film shows the night life of Paris in 60’s. The main character is a female gigolo. A female escort for women but also a pimp. It introduced me to a lesbian world of prostitution. I haven’t even been aware that something like this existed. I guess I’m pretty unaware in general of sexual history of nations. I started to read The History of Sexuality but it was a bit difficult in English so I didn’t go very far. I guess I should get a Polish copy.Gigola

Back to the movie. It made me ask myself a couple of questions. First of all is there any difference between female pimp and male one. This film left me with a feeling that the difference in male and female sensitivity makes a difference but after consideration I believe the director might want to convince us there is none. In the end Gigola hits and abuses her “proteges”. Maybe it’s just the way it was filmed that I didn’t percieve it as brutally agressive.

Another observation is that women know how to satisfy other women needs and it can be purely mechanic.

Poor is the man
Whose pleasures depend
On the permission of another

(Madonna Justify my love)

I love her suits. Well tailored. It brings to mind the one Madonna wears in Me against the music. I hope one day I can spoil myself and get one of those.

Overall I think the movie didn’t make me very emotionally involved. I think it just lacks the creditability. I feel the main character was supposed to be torned inside. The big love didn’t seem so big. The problem of seduction of underage, family destroyed by gambling and prostitution skin deep. Even the abandoning of a child… Well what was the most sad that I didn’t feel the reason why she couldn’t change her life. In some movies you get the sense of predomination of one desires over racionality here it seemed like there was 50% chance that she will choose either.

I like the pictures of Paris. Especially the shot of Moulin Rouge. And Lou Doillon just has this undeniable charm. So watch it, but don’t expect too much.


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