Tomboy and on VOD in the very interesting, student-as-prostitute tale, Student Services (Mes chères études). What to make of his film-making debut? Whew! Of all the movies TrustMovies saw at this year's Rendez-vous With French Cinema, where AMERICANO made its New York debut last March, this was the stinker of the bunch.
Salma Hayek (above, left: a mystery girl who turns sentimental and has a connection to another character we've seen), Geraldine Chaplin (below, right, and wasted as a one-note cliche who, at least, gets to slap Demy) and Carlos Bardem (two photos up, at left, as the Hayek character's pimp/protector, who really gives Martin a pummeling -- or ten). None of these actors can begin to latch on to anything approaching a real character, thanks to the pre-determined whims of the very poor screenplay (Demy again). Really: I don't know what to think. The wisest, kindest thing might be to proclaim happiness that the filmmaker has now gotten Americano out of his system and can move on to, well, just about anything else.