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Catherine & Co. (original French: Catherine et Cie aka Catherine et Compagnie) is a 1975 French/Italian adult themed comedy film directed by Michel Boisrond, co-written by Catherine Breillat and Léo L. Fuchs, and starring Jane Birkin, Patrick Dewaere, Jean-Pierre Aumont, and Vittorio Caprioli.
Catherine (Jane Birkin) is a young British prostitute who decides to make money living in Paris. After learning about corporate practices and business ins and outs from her clients, she decides to incorporate as an official escort business. Searching for folks to invest in her scheme, she encounters both interest and setbacks.
- Jane Birkin as Catherine
- Patrick Dewaere as François
- Jean-Pierre Aumont as Marquis Puisargue
- Vittorio Caprioli as Moretti
- Jean-Claude Brialy as Guillaume
- Mehdi El Glaoui as Thomas
- Henri Garcin as Robert Grandin
- Dora Doll as Catherine's Mother
- Hélène Duc as
- Jacques Legras as The Gentleman
- Jacques Marin as Car Rental Agency Owner
- Bernard Musson Cartier Watch Salesman
- Nathalie Courval as Mauve
- Jacques Rosny as Jean-Pierre
- Jean Barney as Bernard
- Robert Favart as
- Alexandra Delli Colli as Osmane
- Carlo Nell as Duguet
- Maurice Travail as Driver's License Official
On the film's intial U.S. release in February 1976, Richard Eder of The New York Times described the film as a "sex farce", "sloppy, ill-shaped and very familiar", but with an air of sincerity that allowed the audience to enjoy its positive attributes. Eder particularly praised the acting of Vittorio Caprioli as an Italian businessman who is one of the protagonist's lovers. On the other hand, John Simon's review for New York described Birkin as "a nasty baggage" and the film as "the most offensive dungheap masquerading as a movie to be seen in years, perhaps ever." In a review for Time Out, Geoff Brown said the film was "not hot enough to be a sexploiter, but not sophisticated enough to be anything better".
In a 2012 retrospective article about Birkin's films, Australian critic Simon Foster called Catherine et cie "one of the key films in Birkin's extensive filmography to take advantage of her sexuality at the height of her fame".
- ↑ The New York Times
- ↑ Richard Eder, "Screen: 'Catherine & Co.,' Sex Farce:English Girl Is Lured by Vague Offers", The New York Times, February 26, 1976.
- ↑ "Movies around town", New York, March 15, 1976 (excerpted from John Simon's review).
- ↑ John Pym, ed. (2010). Time Out Film Guide 2011. Time Out Guides Limited. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-84670-208-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=bcDIMS2Zb94C&pg=PA168.
- ↑ Simon Foster, "Retrospective: Jane Birkin", Special Broadcasting Service, March 16, 2012.
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