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Two young women try to climb the corporate ladder using their feminine wiles in this erotic melodrama from French director Jean-Claude Brisseau. At the beginning of the film, Nathalie (Coralie Revel) and Sandrine (Sabrina Seyvecou) work in a strip club, where Nathalie wows the customers with her dancing while Sandrine tends bar. After a fight with their boss, both of them are tossed out late one night. Sandrine, a newcomer to Paris, is late paying her rent and can't go back to her apartment, so Nathalie invites her to move in with her. They become lovers, and after occupying themselves for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Imagine Emmanuelle remade on a shoestring budget or Eyes Wide Shut staged by a community theater group."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"... a sexy movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Brisseau's filmmaking style is artful and clever ... so it's a pity when he begins to wallow in corny moralising and operatic excesses."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Soft-core cornography."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"While the points it hammers home with all the subtlety of a Vivid Video girl's come-on are anything but pointless, the film begins an inexorable slide into outright silliness by the third act."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A lot of sexy stuff wrapped in an obvious morality tale with some philosophical hooey and clunky symbols thrown in to justify the cheap, but undeniable, thrills."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The film is well made, well acted, cleverly written, photographed by Wilfrid Sempe as if he's a conspirer with the sexual schemers."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"I wouldn't entirely dismiss it, but I would be reluctant to say I found too much about it that warmed my heart and appeased my soul."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ridiculous and pretentious and just plain nutty"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"With plenty of girl-on-girl action, this is the movie that photographer David Hamilton would love to make."
‑ Kent Turner,
"While some might mistake it as a bitter view of sexual politics and empowerment, it's also pretty crass filmmaking."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Either a highly erotic art film trading in sex, power and morality, or a trashy porno pretending to be deep. After watching two hours of hot young French women having sex with men, each other and themselves, I have to go with the latter."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"Brisseau is getting at the heart of human nature and the price of ambition, and he's cutting with a sharp knife, revealing all of its entrails whether you like it or not"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Part sexual odyssey (more a sexual inferno), part trenchant sociological exposť."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The film is interesting, sexy and at times silly."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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