Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo

John Turturro (2013)

86min
15 Certificate
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Review

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John Turturro writes, directs and stars in this feather-light New York tale about a middle-aged guy who decides to sell his body for sex. Woody Allen plays the shady friend who convinces him to give it a go, presenting him with his first client (a ball-busting Sharon Stone) for a cut of the action. It's a big leap for a quiet man who works in a florist, but Turturro makes a virtue of his enigmatic character. Stone's doctor is certainly drawn to him, as is her gal pal (Sofia Vergara from TV's Modern Family), but their female characters are sketchily drawn. Vanessa Paradis is also badly cast as the Orthodox Jewish widow who stirs Turturro's hidden depths, which deprives the story of the soul it needs. Turturro has better chemistry with Allen, and it's their scenes together, plus the rich sense of place, that really bring the film to life. It all makes for a surprisingly quaint if overly romantic portrait of life as a sex worker.

Summary

A bookshop owner ends up broke after his business closes down, and seeks to resolve his financial problems by persuading a friend to sell his sexual services. When a rabbi's widow joins their client list, it attracts the attention of her jealous admirer. Comedy drama, directed by and starring John Turturro, with Woody Allen and Sharon Stone.

Cast & Crew

Fioravante John Turturro
Murray Woody Allen
Avigal Vanessa Paradis
Dovi Liev Schreiber
Dr Parker Sharon Stone
Selima Sofia Vergara
Sol Bob Balaban
Othella Tonya Pinkins
Cefus Aubrey Joseph
Cee Cee Jade Dixon
Director John Turturro
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Film WorldGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 May 2014
Drama Comedy