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This Girl's Life
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by Natasha Theobald

"Satellites without the planet"
3 stars

I didn't intend to write a review of this movie. I watched it one night when I couldn't sleep. Around three a.m., it gets a little harder to keep things straight in your head - small details - but I'm going to give it a shot. I saw Michael Rapaport on television a couple of days ago, and his performance in this movie came swirling back at me. He plays a brutal man far too well. That is why I must write.

The title of the movie does not lie. This is a glimpse into the days which make up the life of a woman, Moon (Juliette Marquis). She has made her way in the world by being attractive and open, specifically by being a porn star. She gets her pick of men, she has a really nice place to ply her craft, and she is comfortable with her choices. When we meet Moon, though, she is on the verge of a new choice. Should she stay, or should she go? Should she sign a new contract or find a different path to follow? The man who got her started (Tomas Arana, by turns near-caring and calculated) is waiting, less and less patiently.

Piled into this decision are concerns about her father's health. James Woods portrays her father, a man stricken with Parkinson's disease. Her mother is long gone, so it falls to Moon to care for him in the best way she can. She may feel lost, but he is lost. He needs her comfort and strength, and she finds amazing reserves of it to give.

Early in the movie, Moon also meets a man (Kip Pardue). He doesn't run screaming when she tells him the truth about herself, but, at the same time, he feels something for the woman behind the bluster. Moon is not fragile, but Kip is privy to some crack in the facade. He finds himself falling in love with her, willing to wait, also, for her to choose.

Juliette Marquis addresses the camera for most of the film. The story is told with her voice, documenting how she has gotten from there to here. She is beautiful and blunt, equal parts of needing attention and desiring something more than watching eyes. Her seductive qualities have made her life easier in some respects and more difficult in others. She appears to be undaunted by life, but it continues to throw her surprises.

While the center of the movie, Marquis is surrounded by able performances and compelling characterizations. James Woods lays it on the line here, playing a man with a complicated disease. He is unflinching, throwing body and soul into the mix. In concert with the interactions with her father, we are able to see a less worldly side to Moon through the character played by Pardue. She may know her way around sex, but, cheesy as this sounds, she remains a bit mystified by love. Marquis and Pardue find small moments, hints of connection between the two characters. The time they are together is some of the most satisfying of the film. Lastly, Michael Rapaport plays a violent man Moon encounters, vengeful and dangerous. The fact that just seeing his face later startled me, in something completely different, must tell you how well he does it.

While Moon certainly leads an interesting life and the events of the movie keep you watching, the elements don't quite sum to complete, overall satisfaction. I liked watching moments in her life, but they didn't create a whole story. Still, this is a compelling and worthy rental for those who don't shy away from the face of truth or a less than sunny reality.

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originally posted: 02/07/05 18:23:53
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 CineVegas Film Festival. For more in the 2003 CineVegas Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

1/18/08 Ray Juliette has a special quality that combines sexy with an innocent beauty. Great actress! 4 stars
5/13/07 David Pollastrini All the women in this film are hot! 3 stars
10/19/06 Charles Tatum Do we need another "porn stars are people, too" film? 4 stars
10/15/06 jitu khan good 4 stars
8/10/05 Carmen Mallard it's a good movie and i cant stop watching it 5 stars
8/08/05 Diane Real 5 stars
6/16/05 emre it is emotional and impressive 5 stars
6/07/05 carla congratulations to the director, and of course to Juliette 4 stars
6/03/05 The Falcon A masterpiece. Mezmerising debut. 5 stars
2/28/05 jenny juliette marquis-go,go girl! This movie should be on a big screen. 5 stars
2/05/05 Troy Weets Great Movie, but these people need to learn to spell. 5 stars
1/04/05 magaafi taht main girl is hot ey 5 stars
10/27/04 Tim a wonderful, wonderful movie 5 stars
9/20/04 cane verry good james wood was exelent julliett is also very good hope to see her again 4 stars
9/09/04 gloria acevedo i loved this movie! juliette is so sexy and amazing. she reminds me a lot of angelina jolie 5 stars
9/06/04 Mindy Kinghorn I really like this movie. Juliette is so hot! I hope to see her in more movies. JW was good 5 stars
8/31/04 Dennis A little exploitative at first, but it really develops into a great portrait of Moon. 4 stars
8/27/04 scott excellent julliete shines 5 stars
8/26/04 jamie the amterial may not be the best but her ability shines through 5 stars
8/26/04 Ja'nine Love Kip...Juliette is spectacular! 5 stars
8/25/04 Robert Pou Very Sexual, wrong message to send to young women 5 stars
8/23/04 Ray Maupin Powerfull this Lady delivers so does Woods 5 stars
2/11/04 whygta@yahoo.com great movie guillermina from argentina 5 stars
9/15/03 Jill Carrigan Sweet, Funny, Sexy, Shocking,Light, Deep- REAL! 5 stars
8/31/03 Jean-Pierre sex and humanity 5 stars
8/30/03 reissa rapkin i had no idea what the movie was about befoe watching it i loved it great acting by all ne 5 stars
7/11/03 DFox ..::xxx::.. 5 stars
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  James Woods
  Rosario Dawson
  Kip Pardue
  Isaiah Washington
  Ioan Gruffudd
  Juliette Marquis
  Tomas Arana

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