Déjà mort (1998)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Drama, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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With echoes of Rebel Without a Cause, Boogie Nights and Less Than Zero, this French drama keeps pace with some fast-moving 20-year-olds, as seen from the point of view of ambitious Laure (Zoe Felix). She narrates as the film flashes back to a period spanning April 20 to July 14. Go-Karter Andrea (Clement Sibony) learns that rich dudes David (Benoit Magimel) and Romain (Romain Duris) are launching a Nice photo agency, so he approaches Laure, a topless model interested in "moving up" in the world of porn. Andrea and Laure move into David's enormous family mansion, a hedonistic heaven replete with drugs, swimming pool, sports cars, and much promise. Soon Laure gets an intro to international porn kingpin Mallo (Carlo Brandt) who demands a hardcore audition. As the drugs and guns pile up, it's not long before the steamy becomes seamy. Source music includes Nina Simone's "Take Care of Business."