This over-the-top comedy from French director Bertrand Blier takes an adventurous look at the intersections of money, love, and sex. After winning the lottery, a lonely office worker, François (Bernard Campan), offers an enticing proposal to a beautiful prostitute, Daniela (Monica Belluci, who else?). She can stake claim to part of his fortune, provided she performs her erotic services until the money’s runs out. What follows is a complicated game of wits, as negotiations get underway to see just what Daniela’s love is worth, with everyone, including Daniela’s gangster boyfriend (Gérard Depardieu), having their say. —Rotten Tomatoes
Bertrand Blier directs erotic buddy movies featuring men who are exasperated by the opposite sex, who perceive of themselves as macho but are incapable of satisfying the women in their lives. In actuality, his heroes are terrified of feminism, of the “new woman” who demands her right to experience and enjoy orgasm. But Blier’s females are in no way villainesses. They are just elusive—and so alienated that they can only find fulfillment from oddballs or young boys.
Going Places (Les Valseuses , which in French is slang for testicles), based on Blier’s best-selling novel, was a box office smash in France. Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere both achieved stardom as a couple of outsiders, adult juvenile delinquents, whose sexual and sadistic adventures are chronicled as they travel across France. They are both unable to bring to orgasm a young beautician (played by Miou-Miou) they pick up and take on as a sexual partner. They then attempt to please an older woman (Jeanne Moreau… read more
Monica B. is hilariously vulgar in the first half of the film and carries it as if it were her demo tape. Then Depardieu appears and steals the show, which, one must admit, having no tits, is not easy to achieve. Even Farida Rahouadj, attractive as she is, hair and all, has her difficulties pulling the blanket. Bertrand Blier, you trickster! I've been watching you!