Review: ‘Ah! The Libido’

A Parisian "Sex and the City," but sans humor and with slightly more sex, Michele Rosier's "Ah! The Libido" is an amateurish gabfest about four French gals in search of Monsieur Grand.

A Parisian “Sex and the City,” but sans humor and with slightly more sex, Michele Rosier’s “Ah! The Libido” is an amateurish gabfest about four French gals in search of Monsieur Grand. Not unlike an Eric Rohmer movie — apart from the full-frontal erections on display — the pic attempts to explore modern-day romantic malaise via lots of shoptalk among the unhappy bourgeoisie. Drab direction, awkward dialogue and a wearying obsession with female orgasm suggest an Elle magazine article sloppily adapted to the bigscreen. Mid-February release in Gaul wasn’t much more than a one-night stand.

Shot partially at the offices of French daily Liberation, the story trails four employees — a photog (Audrey Dana), a journalist (Sarah Grappin), a documaker (Claude Degliame) and a secretary (Anna Mihalcea) — who talk about finding the perfect guy. Eventually, they throw in the towel and decide to sleep with male prostitutes because, as one delicately puts it, “Coming is as important as eating.” Action then shifts to several upscale brothels where each lives out her Chippendale fantasy. Bedroom scenes are stuffed with unerotic softcore kitsch.

Ah! The Libido

France

Production

A Les Films du Paradoxe release of a Go Films production. (International sales: Wide Management, Paris.) Executive producer, Catherine de Guirchitch. Directed, written by Michele Rosier.

Crew

Camera (color), Emmanuel Macheul; editor, Martine Barraque; music, Yves Cerf; production designer, Yann Mercier; costume designer, Marie-Claude Altot. Reviewed at L'Arlequin 2, Paris, Feb. 28, 2009. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Audrey Dana, Claude Degliame, Sarah Grappin, Anna Mihalcea, Francoise Lebrun, Daniel Martin, Jerome Robart.
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