Dir: André Téchiné
Star: Manuel Blanc, Philippe Noiret, Emmanuelle Beart, Hélène Vincent
 Not many French actresses get two films to open in London in one week, but Emmanuelle had La Belle Noiseuse (four hours long, bearable only to serious film theorists – or those who like Ms.Beart with her kit off) and this one which, like Noce Blanche, had a totally misleading advertising campaign (see the poster, right). The title does not apply to her but the rent boy she befriends – in the first 80 minutes of the film, EB is on screen for about two of them. More truthfully, it’s about a bloke who comes to the city; gets a job; sleeps with his landlady; loses both and is forced into prostitution to survive; then finds the life not that awful. His attempt at a relationship with EB doesn’t go too well – her pimp beats him up and rapes him. There’s a moral in there somewhere (“Emmanuelle really screws you up”?), but I’m not sure I like it. Not badly-made, and utterly cheerless. I’m still docking it marks for being a con!