a film by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr
2011 | 109 mins | France
›› American Translation
the naked acts of a homicidal youth.
American Translation by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr Okay, let's cut to the chase, given this is not a gay film per se, in spite of an abundance of lingering camera shots of the fit and frequently naked physique of lead Pierre Perrier. Rather this is a dark tale charting the sexually intense love between two Bonnie and Clyde like characters.

Not that bilingual Aurore knew what she was letting herself in for, when fate brought her in contact with monolingual pretty boy Chris. A seductive controller, his cocksure attitude to life has her more than just turning her head in his direction, as the two impulsively embark on a journey upon life, camper van style, that is when the pair are not staying at a lush Parisian apartment, courtesy of her affluent American father. Only when Aurore discovers that the new man in her life has a-liking for rent boys for sex 'n' strangulation, is her road trip all but set to end in an emotional crash?

Fans of the directorial partnership of Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr will know what to expect here and suffice to say that this feature has and to use the title from an earlier work, simply Too Much Flesh, given cutie Pierre Perrier of Cold Showers fame, together with his One Two Another co-star Lizzie Brocheré are all but happy to cast clothing to the wind. Yet as one sex scene follows another, including probably the most erotically charged lap dance of recent times, albeit delivered from a straight, if clearly aroused Perrier angle, narrative development somewhat takes a backseat. And that's a shame, given we never really get to know the inner mindset of a young woman convinced that she can somehow change the serial killing ways of her disturbed lover, only to be found relating her true feelings for him in English.

The result is a controversial, if sensually explicit piece that frankly makes for uncomfortable viewing, as we come to witness the naked acts of a homicidal youth and the willingness of a partner who seemingly out of blind devotion, becomes a knowing accomplice to murder. A gay take on the Oliver Stone / Quentin Tarantino collaboration that is Natural Born Killers, well not in so many ways, even if the protagonists likewise are unsympathetic to the core. But then, that's just the way it was intended, given the Perrier / Brocheré pairing play their parts, alarmingly well.

Sexual Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 
available on DVD as part of the TLA Releasing UK catalogue 14.May.2012 / UK.
screened as part of the 26th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2012.
starring: Pierre Perrier / Chris, Lizzie Brocheré / Aurore, with Gray Orsatelli / Matt, Manon Klein / Girl at Bar,
Laurent Delbecque / Nick, Thomas Rouer / Alex, Marc Rioufol / the Priest, Zoé Schellenberg / Student,
Ionita Radu Georgescu / Vlad, Arthur Harel / Stéphane, Arnaud Koller / Henri, Benjamin Bollen /
Young Man, Pierre-Yves Kiebbe / Mr Levant, Astrid Vermeulin / Mrs Levant, Serge Sarve /
Pierre, Karl E Landler / Policeman and Djédjé Apali as Inspector Malherbe.
cameo appearance by co-director Jean-Marc Barr as Aurore's father, William.
Copyright 2012 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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