Cinema: Sheer Gaul

Male Companion. Movies about sex, like sex itself, thrive best on the illusion that an air of joyous improvisation covers a multitude of sins. In Companion, Director Philippe de Broca (The Five-Day Lover, The Love Game) again sets light-footed Jean-Pierre Cassel to dancing from escapade to escapade as inoffensively as a hummingbird buzzing the phlox.

Cassel impishly initiates a seduction while posing nude for a life class in Rome. He has his way with a working model (Irina Demick), a baker's wife (Sandra Milo), a widow (Annie Girardot) and a winsome ingenue (Catherine...

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