The story revolves around her and her family. More important than that, the film is one of few I know that authentically and sympathetically portrays not only transgender people, but also bisexual people, people in polyamorous relationships, and sex workers. While many transfolk have never been sex workers, many others have, either by their own volition or because of systemic transphobia and inadequate employment protections. Here, the character development truly takes off. The Last Seduction did it better, but then there were no lesbian sex scenes for studios to excise in that film. You might like it. But this restoration finally saw the light of day too late for Cammell to see it. Inconsequential chit chat about fashion turns into a full-fledged seduction and Alex surprises herself by pouncing on Virginia. Both comments and trackbacks are closed. Tracking Alex to her majestic seaside home which seems to be the cause of her financial quandary and consequent night job , Tony requests her professional services and, when she refuses, rapes her. Stay tuned for the completely unhinged scene in which Bruno tries to get some Old Testament-style revenge for Alex when he learns that Tony has raped her. The typical depictions of transgender people parallel the typical depiction of sex workers as uneducated, diseased, abused, addicted, unloved, and overly sexual. The trio returns to Paris, in love, but facing an uncertain future. Ultimately, the lesbian love affair in Wild Side is the only relationship in the film based in mutual desire, or with any depth. Follow comments with the RSS feed for this post. At times the film is hard to follow, with unnecessarily complicated twists and conversations that circle without ever landing. Bruno is regularly untied after his bondage sessions with Alex by his sleazy driver Tony Steven Bauer.