Wild Side

Screening on Film
Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz.
With Stéphanie Michelini, Edouard Nikitine, Yasmine Belmadi.
France, 2004, 35mm, color, 95 min.
French with English subtitles.

Stépahnie (Michelini), a transsexual prostitute, lives life on the edge, pursuing tricks in Parisian discotheques, parks and hotel rooms. Accompanying her through many of these escapades is Jamel (Belmadi), a North African hustler who welcomes the nightlife with Stéphanie as a means of escape from his dreary days in a housing project. When Stéphanie meets Mikael (Nikitine), an illegal Russian immigrant, they establish an unconventional union with Jamel that fulfills their needs for emotional comfort.  Director Sébastien Lifshitz created a stir at this year's Berlin Film Festival with a work that challenges the notion of family values with Fassbinder-esque defiance.

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Contemporary French Cinema