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Pigalle ★★ 1995

Dridi's feature debut focuses on the red light district of Paris and the company of various lowlifes, including pickpocket Fifi (Renaud), who's involved with both stripper Vera (Brile) and transvestite hooker Divine (Li). There's also an increasingly violent turf war between a couple of drug dealers that takes in everyone around. Violent and sordid melodrama. French with subtitles. 93m/C VHS, DVD . FR Francis Renaud, Vera Briole, Bianca Li, Raymond Gil, Younesse Boudache, Philippe Ambrosini, Jean-Claude Grenier; D: Karim Dridi; W: Karim Dridi; C: John Mathieson.