No stranger to his own questionable scandals, actor Gérard Depardieu may perfectly embody the type of skeevy, predator-type French womanizer that comes to mind when one thinks of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In 2011 IMF chief Strauss-Kahn was confined to house arrest after allegedly sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in New York City. In director Abel Ferrara’s new film, Depardieu plays a man named Mr. Devereaux who, according to the film’s description, “handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger.”
The trailer has no subtitles, so we can only assume what’s going on when Depardieu is seen lounging with beautiful women, fighting with Jacqueline Bisset, getting hauled away in cuffs, and comes face to face with a maid in a hotel room. From my mediocre high-school French, I can tell that the disclaimer at the trailer’s start says that the story and characters within are pure fiction. Sure they are. Just like those “Law & Order” episodes that only “resemble” true events.
“Welcome To New York” hits VOD in France on May 17th. No word yet on a U.S. release.