Le Sourire (1994)
The story of Le Sourire deals with a doctor (Jean-Pierre Marielle) who runs a
mental asylum with his estranged and bossy wife. He is having health problems
and decides to take a break, so he goes on some kind of Tour de France and on
a train he meets Emmanuelle Seigner, who has frequent nose-bleeds. They decide
to travel along together and we see how their relationship develops and
eventually dies. During their journeys they end up in a traveling strip show
joint, run by Richard Bohringer (father of Romane). It is in that
establishment where an astounding number of nude scenes take place, as always
seems to be the case when Jean-Pierre Marielle is in a movie. This excellent
and prolific French actor is one lucky dude. He somehow always ends up in the
presence of many naked well-known French actresses. It may be interesting to
know that he is playing a role in The Da Vinci Code, so he'll soon be
recognized by international audiences as well.
It is a mystery to me that Le Sourire is still not available on DVD
anywhere in the world, not even in France, as far as I know. It's an Eldorado
for celebrity nudity lovers and it's a good movie as well. It was written and
directed by Claude Miller, who recently performed the same two functions in La
Petite Lili. Marielle and Emmanuelle Seigner were excellent in their roles,
while the other actors weren't too shabby either. The characters in this
somewhat out-of-reality story could be persons of flesh and blood and managed
to hold my attention even in a dubbed version from German TV, despite the fact
that the movie is too contemplative in some parts.
There is no DVD info currently available
More than 13
minutes of nudity. If I counted correctly
we have 10 actresses completely in the buff with only 4 of them
Emmanuelle Seigner, director
Roman Polanski's wife, in an excellent triple B performance. Her sister Mathilde as well, equally nude. Then 4 more actresses,
all stark naked: NoŽlla Dussart, now a children's show host, Jeanne Savary, Catherine Mongodin
and Nathalie Cardone. 4 unknown performers are also as naked as a jaybird.
Critics Vote ...
IMDb voters score it 5.8/10, which seems to underrate
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