Ludovic Berthillot: Eagerly Anticipating “Le Roi De L’évasion”

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Thanks to Y for updating me on this trailer from an old LB post

Ludovic Berthillot‘s starring role in Le Roi de l’évasion (“The King Of Escape”) has recently gotten a pretty good review from The Hollywood Reporter after viewing it from the Cannes Film Festival.

Film Review: Le Roi de l’evasion
By Duane Byrge, May 19, 2009 05:57 ET
Bottom Line: A slapstick sex comedy on midlife, gay angst.

CANNES — What’s it like to be gay, middle-aged and a traveling tractor salesman in the French boondocks? Clearly, not tres grande. That’s the recipe for this ripe, mid-life crisis comedy about sexual and political mores.

Playing in the Directors’ Fornight, “Le Roi de l’evasion” stars Lucovic Berthillot as Armand, a pudgy solid citizen who has tired of the “gay scene,” such as it is, in his small town. Armand is depressed, napping on the job and binge eating. He’s turned 40 and his life is going nowhere. His employer suggests a vacation, but it’s a chance “rescue” of a 16-year-old girl that snaps him back — or backward, as his friends see it.

After paying off teen thugs to stop harassing a pretty teen, Curly, Armand becomes an unlikely white-knight. The nubile girl develops a huge crush on him and makes strong sexual advances.

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Down to story briefs, filmmaker Alain Guiraudie has crafted an amusing and often perceptive comedy about middle-aged gay angst, and he’s stroked it with the most incendiary comic catalyst — the gay man tries to transform his life by becoming bisexual. At the same time, Curly is trying to escape her repressive parents, and latching onto a older male is an obvious outlet.

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As one might expect with such a mis-matched pairing, things don’t go swimmingly. However, In this amusement, it makes for some funny, farcical sex as the pudgy Armand and the libidinous school-girl rut around in the woods, unable to truly consummate. The incongruity of it all soon wears thin, as do some other weightier issues — age of consent, civic hypocrisy, simplistic sex-offender laws — that are sprayed into the mix but never coalesce. Unfortunately, Guiraudie merely titillates with these issues, and the film loses potency as the extreme premise ultimately droops.

What keeps it going are the strong performances. As the befuddled Armand, Ludovic Berthillot is sympathetic, while Hafsia Herzi sizzles as the rebellious schoolgirl.

“Le Roi” is most potent in its visual comedy. A series of scenes in which town officials partake of some sort of super root in the woods and then become outrageously aroused, shedding their clothes and performing sexual solos on the spot, are hilarious. Ultimately, “Le Roi de l’ Evasion” evades its more serious underside for its momentary farcical romps.

Middle-aged gay angst?  Wow, it looks like a movie tailored for the likes of me.  I definitely can’t wait to see it.  Here are more photos of the amazingly woofy Ludovic Berthillot

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6 thoughts on “Ludovic Berthillot: Eagerly Anticipating “Le Roi De L’évasion” Leave a comment

  1. This guy gets hotter with every single post.

    In the forest scene, I thought he was wearing the Charlie Brown shirt… lol

  2. OH MY GOSH, Y!

    Not only did you help pointing out to me the upcoming starring film of the supremely hot Ludovic Berthillot, you have now shared this awesome video.

    Yes, I fast-forwarded to the 8:26 mark (but I have an excuse as I don’t understand French). 😛

    But, OMG. I will be posting about that TODAY. This is VITAL news reporting.

    1. 1. I, for one, am serious.

      2. I am talking about Ludovic Berthillot. (Saying his name is like poetry.)

      3. His deep, penetrating eyes, his grizzled daddy face, his masculine chin, his amazingly husky build, his massive arms and biceps, his thick chest, his furry chest and forearms, his huggable belly, his intimidating appearance, his teddy bear charms, his constant scruffy look, his sexy French accent… I could go on and on, but those are the things I find so hot about him.

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