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Wild Side (Unrated)

Release Date: June 10th, 2005 (NYC-Angelika Film Center), by Wellspring.
The Cast: Stephanie Michelini,Yasmine Belmadi, Edouard Nikitine.
In French with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: A transsexual (Michelini) forms a wild threesome relationship (also known as ménage-a-trois) with a Russian (Nikitine) and a French-Arab (Belmadi).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The best part of this film is Michelini’s decent, bold performance. However, everything else just falls flat. The cinematography is mediocre—nothing worth mentioning. The plot is very thin and predictable. What the plot really needs is a heavy dose of conflict, suspense, or mystery—something to hold one’s attention. Even the character development doesn’t add up to anything interesting. There are films with minimal, simple plots such as Intimate Strangers, Gerry, and even My Big Fat Greek Wedding. But each of those movies at least had a clear conflict and something, such as good cinematography or humor to compensate for the minimal plot. On the other hands, this film lacks humor, likeable characters, or anything else to make up for the thin, often boring plot.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: This is not the kind of film that will enlighten or kindle one’s spirits. It lacks warmth and does not say anything profound about threesome relationships or love. Even the American film Threesome had more to say and was even profound at times. Sometimes, you have to look beneath the surface to find something intriguing, but in this case there simply isn’t anything beneath the surface. Although the ending is subtle and somewhat touching, what happens before it is rather dull and emotionless.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: No conflict/suspense.


THE BOTTOM LINE: An often boring film with underdeveloped, unlikable characters and a wafer-thin, dull plot with no surprises other than a decent performance by Michelini.


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