Christopher Honoré’s 2010 film Man At Bath (Homme Au Bain), starring porn legend Francois Sagat as (guess what) a hooker, is finally back on DVD and being distributed by TLA Releasing’s new label Canteen Outlaws.
The movie follows sexy hustler Emmanuel (Sagat) and Omar (played by Omar Ben Sellem), a gay couple living in a shitty apartment in France, after they have a fight, and Omar decides to flee to New York. The two men then go about trying to convince themselves that they aren’t in love with each other by having flings with other people.
This was Sagat’s second serious film role, and his most recent one to date, after Bruce LaBruce’s L.A. Zombie, also from 2010, and way more fucked up.
And once again the film was a chance for Sagat to prove that he’s not just a pair of tits and can really act with the best of the hooker-actors. His performance was called “substantive” by Indiewire, and Gayletter says that Sagat is “formidable” in the film, and “what makes this role more surprising is the emotional depths Sagat is capable of conveying in one hard, expressionless look, the understanding that this man has experienced things that we can’t begin to fathom.”
And it’s French, so, there’s no happy ending SPOILER: they don’t get back together. But they do learn something about themselves, or something.