Synopsis: Any resemblance to the Dominique Strauss Kahn New York hotel sex attack allegation are completely coincidental. Apparently. Essentially Deveraux, played by Depardieu, is a rich and powerful man who is something to do with economics and a potential candidate for the French presidency. He is into orgies with prostitutes but doesn't stop at that when it comes to satisfying his lust.
Stan's thoughts: The first 20 minutes of this film sets up the character of Deveraux as a powerful man, a man who has people who will ensure there are bevvy of high class prostitutes waiting to great him in his New York hotel room. A man without any conscience or moral touch stone about his behaviour and attitude towards women and sex. He's a modern day immoral Bacchus.
Not much is left to the imagination in those opening scenes and it was on the verge of becoming gratuitous when we get the hotel incident. The film doesn't leave you in any doubt that he assaulted the maid and then what follows is the aftermath, his arrest, brief stint in prison and the court case.
Gerard Depardieu does bare all but other than his debauched behaviour there is little else to work with about his personality and motives. He openly asks his daughter about sex with her new boyfriend in front of him at lunch and infuriates his wife (Jacqueline Bisset) by his lack of concern about the turn of events. She doesn't seem in any doubt about his behaviour:
"A real man doesn't follow his dick into every dark alley and prostitute."
What is most revealing is his lack of remorse. The legal process seems like a minor irritation that he almost sleepwalks through. He never seems worried about the possible outcome. His power and wealth has made him supremely arrogant.
It is a damning tale for all in Deveraux's sphere. His wife seems concerned only with his and her reputation and how it might affect their careers and as a result is depressing in its conclusions. In revealing so little about Deveraux outside of his world of sex obsession it does feel unbalanced, one dimensional and perhaps a trial by film other than any thing else.
- Stan’s 58%
- IMDB 52%
- Metascore 71%
- Rotten Tomatoes 79%
- RT Audience Rating* 27%
* Based on number of people who rated the film 3.5/5 and higher