Wild Side

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  • Summary: A sumptuous film about three people living on the fringe or wild side of society. (Wellspring)


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  1. This process unfolds in terse, compelling fashion with ravishing camerawork by Agnès Godard.
  2. 70
    Though Lifshitz's attitude toward sex and sexuality ranks among the most progressive in contemporary movies, he doesn't belabor it; seen through his eyes, Wild Side is a love story in which love is unrestrained by matters of gender or sexual orientation or even the number of lovers.
  3. 63
    Viewers are either going to walk out after 10 minutes or, like this tolerant critic, get caught up in the sordid lives of the three misfits and stick around for the ambiguous ending.
  4. Too elliptical and poetically structured to cohere as more than an intense mood piece with social ramifications. The movie is so enraptured with its own romantic desolation that its narrative drive becomes sidetracked.
  5. 50
    Sex frequently disguises itself as friendship and love in Wild Side, a morbid and self-important homosexual "Jules & Jim" for the new millennium.
  6. The primary impression is lots of moping and mooning, plus a song at the beginning with some of the worst lyrics you've ever heard.
  7. 40
    A sustained mood piece of disquieting intensity, but its almost unbearable air of morose ennui becomes hard to take even in small doses, let alone in a highly concentrated torrent of misery like this.

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