Mon Homme

on August 15, 1997 by Kim Williamson
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In this 1995 French-language film, a prostitute named Marie (Anouk Grinberg) is so uniquely good at her work she's hardly interested in the money; she breathes men's sexual pleasure. If she has a need, it's to find "my man"--the man she can love above all others, and who will love her even as she loves all others. She finds him, she thinks, in a filthy homeless man named Jeannot (Gerard Lanvin); when, after she takes him in for a meal and then her bed, and he proves himself the equal of her in amours, she names him her pimp, to whom she will devote her efforts. To this point, "Mon Homme" carries a sexual electricity. As Jeannot attempts to become accustomed to being a man of wealth and leisure, the film grows more comic. When Jeannot begins straying and is finally found out--thanks to Jeannot's arrest by gendarmes--by a crushed Marie, "Mon Homme" switches to drama. In the film's last swerve, ahead to Jeannot's release from prison, it becomes a morality fable. Art-house audiences able to follow "Mon Homme's" weaving road will leave the theatre feeling satisfied, but not as consummately as if the film's first focus, Marie, had been their companion to the end. Starring Anouk Grinberg and Gerard Lanvin. Directed and written by Bertrand Blier. Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde-Plateau a Studio Images 2. An Artificial Eye release. Drama. French-language; English subtitles. Unrated. Running time: 98 min.
Tags: prostitute, sex, romance, prison, morality, wealth, deception, Anouk Grinberg, Gerard Lanvin, Bertrand Blier, French, foreign
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