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Fresh Bait Review


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French sophisticates cringed in horror, I'm sure, when news of this (true) 1993 crime came to light: A girl and her two friends tortured and murdered a pair of wealthy men. Why? Because they wanted to raise money to open an upscale clothing boutique in the United States.

Well, it's easier than venture capital. And it helps if you're a psychopath. The movie belongs to ingenue Marie Gillain (best known as the daughter in My Father the Hero), who just so happens to appear naked pretty much throughout the entire film. Nothing wrong with that, and in fact it's not totally gratuitous: You'd have to be a nut to strip this often in front of this many people.

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Story Of Women Review


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Like any good Frenchman, Claude Chabrol had to tackle the German occupation at some point. How he did it, in 1988's unfortunately-titled Story of Women, is a matter of odd trivia. For his big WWII movie, Chabrol took up the issue of abortion.

Isabelle Huppert stars as Marie, an obviously oppressed housewife whose husband is off at war. Marie dreams of things far beyond possibility -- she lives in occupied France yet wants to be a professional singer -- but nothing is worse than the arrival of her husband (François Cluzet) back from the war, suffering from shell shock. This isn't a happy homecoming. This merely means another person to feed on limited rations -- and one who soils his shorts repeatedly.

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