Wild Side
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The freewheeling sexuality of three men (one of whom lives as a woman) leads them into a relationship that stretches the traditional bounds of love and friendship in this drama. Stéphanie (Stéphanie Michelini) is a pre-operative transsexual who supports herself as a prostitute and shares a flat with two roommates -- Mikhail (Edouard Nikitine), a Russian soldier who has fled the army and is hiding out in Paris, and Jamel (Yasmine Belmadi), a hustler from Algeria who services stray men in the city's railway stations. When Stéphanie's mother (who is still in deep denial about her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lyrical yet succinct."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Lifshitz successfully maneuvers his trio of outcasts toward a state of grace: His vision of misfit utopianism, in its own quiet way, is as defiant as anything in Fassbinder."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Lif****z obviously hopes for the best for Stéphanie and friends, yet the film is filled with doubts and sadness."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"The film explains why Stéphanie and her bisexual boyfriends need each other, but doesn't depict why they are drawn to each other, making the ménage à trois mechanical."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"The collage of poetic visual asides and emotional exchanges courts effusiveness, but it remains earnest and hauntingly expressive of an inner human turmoil."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A morbid and self-important homosexual Jules & Jim for the new millennium."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"The woe-is-me, pity-please ambiance with which Lifschitz has suffused his movie becomes more than a little hard to take."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Several storylines are hinted at but never fully developed, and some draggy scenes dampen the whole Wild affair."
‑ , E! Online
"A remarkable film."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Welcome to the world of film festival cinema. We hope you enjoy your stay, or at least don't fall asleep in the next hour and a half."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"Viewers are either going to walk out after 10 minutes or, like this tolerant critic, get caught up in the sordid lives of the three misfits and stick around for the ambiguous ending."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A weirder ménage à trois you will never encounter."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Stony and statuesque, Michelini is an excellent casting choice: Her impassive face and dispassionate voice serve as a carefully constructed protective mask that hides her pain, and which she rarely lets slip."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The primary impression is lots of moping and mooning, plus a song at the beginning with some of the worst lyrics you've ever heard."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The performances are all raw and natural, and they are filmed in a close-up and often very intimate way."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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