A new French film called Gigola is premiering at the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival this coming weekend and it sounds like something that is right up my ally. The movie is adapted by Laure Charpentier from one of her own novels, and is set in “the sexy Parisian lesbian underworld of the 1960s.”
Sexy? Parisian? The decade of free love? Shall I continue?
The Guardian gave Gigola a rave review, writing:
It’s steamy, saucy, racy and suffused with the feeling of wickedness you might get from drinking spirits before lunch or smoking in church.
Lou Doillon is the star of the film, and she starts out as a young student, George, who is involved with her teacher. When her lover kills herself, George decides to do something rash, so she chops her hair, acquires a cane and becomes a “Gigola,” aka a female gigolo.
This film has a lot of sex, but The Guardian insists it is less porny and more pulp-esque:
There are some very gamey sex scenes and in some ways the whole film has the structure of softcore porn, with a narrative which exists to facilitate the presentation of sex.
It’s definitely not the same old lesbian song and dance we frequently see on film. I’m intrigued!
The first showing at the BFI Film Fest is sold out, but there are going to be additional showings you can try to attend, should you be in the area.