Le Sex Shop

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama

A long time before Claude Berri directed his international art house hits JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING, he made this unique, sensitive, and often very funny picture about a bookstore owner, Claude (played by Berri), whose business is on the brink of failure. His wife, Isabelle (Juliet Berto), spends money carelessly and doesn't seem to enjoy...read more

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A long time before Claude Berri directed his international art house hits JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING, he made this unique, sensitive, and often very funny picture about a bookstore owner, Claude (played by Berri), whose business is on the brink of failure. His wife, Isabelle

(Juliet Berto), spends money carelessly and doesn't seem to enjoy being married, or being mother to their two children. Not only is Claude facing financial ruin, but his life is sexually and romantically bankrupt. Then, one day, he is given the opportunity to convert his bookstore into a Sex Shop

that sells instructional manuals, films, leather outfits, and a variety of novelties. Business booms, and Claude soon becomes friendly with Jacqueline (Nathalie Delon), a customer who leads a free, sexually open life with her swinger husband Lucien (Jean-Pierre Marielle). Before long, Claude

discovers a wild sexuality he has long suppressed. Isabelle, however, is less enthusiastic, unwillingly agreeing to be seduced in Claude's presence--first by a man (though Claude interferes and is beaten up) and then by a young woman (again Claude intervenes). While some might dismiss LE SEX SHOP

as simply as lewd and immoral, it is really a film about tolerance and personal freedom. A less intelligent director would have turned this into a voyeuristic and exploitative film, but Berri treats the sexuality with an unglamorous frankness and concentrates on the social and psychological

implications of carefree sex, building up to a very sweet and honest finale. The film's chief fault, however, is the male chauvinism that underlies Berri's direction--as he fills the screen with lesbians and female nudity. The videocassette is dubbed in English.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A long time before Claude Berri directed his international art house hits JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING, he made this unique, sensitive, and often very funny picture about a bookstore owner, Claude (played by Berri), whose business is on the bri… (more)

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