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Bertrand Blier, the French filmmaker who's made a profession out of aggressive but darkly poetic political incorrectness since 1973's scandalous Going Places, relates the story of a disconcertingly happy hooker in My Man. Marie, played by Blier's current muse, tiny, intense Anouk Grinberg, plies her trade in a Parisian passageway, where she revels in her spidery power to seduce and satisfy any passing male. Marie's unfettered sexuality combines with her equally strong motherly instincts (the oldest and most reliably shocking of Blier's themes) when she finds the scruffy, smelly Jeannot (Gérard Lanvin) sleeping in the hall. She takes him in, and makes him her pimp--a "nice pimp," she says, who will remember her birthday.
My Man suffers from Blier's congenital third-act problems, when the action goes wildly surreal. But his theatrically stylized language--elevated, elegant, impeccably measured--is a pleasure even in translation. --Dave Kehr
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