Written and directed by Luc Besson

Starring Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen



The French producer Luc Besson, who's almost a studio by himself with 88 productions of his own, is also a director of ten films, including "The Fifth Element," "The Professional," "La Femme Nikita," and a few others. Now he's produced a film that's sometimes witty but always incredibly erotic. It's the story of a scruffy, small-time hustler, Andre, played by Jamel Debbouze, with too much of a back story: he's American but born in Morocco, he's in Paris and he owes the mob at least forty thousand Euros with no chance of getting it. He's dangled over the edge of the Eiffel Tower, he's threatened with breaking first his fingers, then his arms, followed by his legs in that order.

And then, just as he's about to jump into the Seine and end it all, he looks over at someone else on the bridge who's doing the same thing. She's Angela - Angel-A, and she is the most erotic thing you and I have ever seen in films. She's about a head and a half taller than Andre with gorgeous white-blond hair and the shortest dress ever seen in movies, and of course she's an angel sent to help him find himself. She's played by Rie Rasmussen, the Danish model and actress, with arms akimbo that seem to be loosely attached to her shoulders and have a life of their own; you cannot take your eyes off of her.

This wonderfully mismatched couple makes the rounds of a Paris that seems uninhabited - Besson shot almost everything right at dawn - as she tries to help him grow up in spite of himself, which is quite a task. She takes him on a boat ride, they go to a nightclub where she turns tricks to get some money for him, she whips the goons who protect the mobster, and little by little she gives Andre confidence until - well, you can see what's coming quite a ways off. The script, also by Besson, is very thin and can't seem to make up its mind whether to be a comedy or a sex farce. But in any case, you cannot take your eyes off of Rie Rasmussen, which makes up for a good deal; who cares about the script when we can just look at her?

Like Alice Taglione, the supermodel who was the best thing in Francis Veber's "La Doublure" earlier this spring, Rie Rasmussen shows that supermodels actually can act, as well as model clothes and be sexy, and she's given a wonderful lift to this summer of overblown and underthought movies.