Daniel Duval – La dérobade AKA Memoirs of a French Whore (1979)

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Marie (Miou-Miou) is a young girl from a working-class family who falls for Gerard (Daniel Duval) before she discovers he is a vicious, sadistic pimp. She is degraded, abused, and beaten regularly by Gerard as she is forced into a life of prostitution. Marie later decides she must leave her pimp to regain control of her body, mind, and soul. Maria Schneider co-stars with Neil Arestrup in this voyeuristic and disturbing story. Continue reading

Daniel Duval – Le temps des porte-plumes (2006)

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1950s France. Pippo is a hard-pressed and angry boy who has lived with a father and mother who care not at all about him or much else besides the bottle. When his parents are arrested, he is taken into care, and soon sent to a childless couple in the French countryside. He finds it very hard to adapt and doesn’t trust what loving spirit is present in the home. He gets into continual trouble at school, and has a mysterious project he is working on. Continue reading