A WHORE AND A CHICK (2008) – Review

A Whore and a Chick, 2008 FRANCE

Looks can be deceiving.

Clément Michel‘s A Whore and a Chick (Une Pute et un Poussin) is an interesting short film about two people who meet under unlikely circumstances. Louise is played by Yelle (an electronic,  pop and dance French band)’s lead singer Julie Budet. Louise is pushed from a car and onto the road in an isolated part of France. There, she waits in the cold weather for a bus. While she sits, a jogger (Renaud Benoit) passes her by then doubles back to ask if she is “working.” Louise rightly put him in his place. Not soon after, Louise notices–initially from the sound of metal grinding–a poussin or ‘chicken’ riding slowly up the road on a bike with rusty gears. A WHORE AND A CHICK 2008

The chick (Michel) mistakes Louise for a pute (or whore) by her dress. Thinking at that moment, it may be unusual or “uncommon” for a woman dressed in a short dress to be out so early in the morning–just as Louise asks that at the same time, is it not “uncommon” for a man to be out so early on a bike dressed as a chicken? After they both take a moment to discuss their position, it was easy to see why, for the moment, the film’s juxtaposition serves as a great reminder that looks can be deceiving.

Michel’s technique for telling this story is facilitated by expansive backgrounds–depicting isolated, picturesque backdrops in an effort not to distract from the character interaction which renders the film’s natural appeal. Michel’s Un pute et un poussin is a delicate bit of storytelling with its underlying message is to contemplate the absurdity of indifference. The “chick” met a woman who may or may not be a whore–but in the chick’s eyes she isn’t. This decision is left up to the opinion of the viewer to decide if Louise is a pute or not.

In the end, the two realize that their destinies are the same. Both may travel a difficult road, but it is good companionship that can make the long and difficult ride on a rusty bike worthwhile.

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Review Summary:

Yelle plays Louise, a young lady lost in the middle of nowhere. At a bus stop, she meets a young man dressed up as a huge chick who pedals with difficulty on his rusty bicycle. An improbable, soft and absurd meeting, between two lost birds who are going to take a real path in life together. —uniFrance

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