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French ConneXXXion

Studio: Red Light District Video » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 4/25/04

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

French Connexxxion

Red Light District

Genre: Gonzo, French Gals

Director: Manuel Ferrara

Cast: Melissa Lauren, Manuel Ferrara, Nomi, Phil Holiday, Tony Carrera, Carla, Angel, Axelle Mugler, Richard Lengin, Tiffany Hopkins

Length: 143 minutes

Date of Production: 12/16/2003 (box), 12/8/2003 (credits)

Extra's: The best extra was the 18.5 minute long Behind the Scenes feature. It had most of the cast posing for pictures, playing around, and otherwise goofing off. Sadly, it was in French, which means that most fans will be unable to enjoy whatever was said. The other extras included the cum shot recap, a photogallery, and a double-sided DVD cover.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: The picture was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color, as most porn is shot these days. The picture was not up to the usual high standards of Red Light District, suffering from lighting issues, grain, video noise, pattern noise, and a host of related problems that the company is not usually known for. I think the problems arose from the nature of the beast here, as this was one of those movies that was made by Manuel's new company, to be distributed by Red Light. Hopefully, more care will be taken in the future with the technical matters. The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 stereo English, although French was spoken during the entire BTS feature, and it varied a bunch too. Most of the time it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.

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Body of Review: As some of the gonzo companies grow, they are forming various alliances and distribution networks that allow them to do more for the consumer. One such company is Red Light District, with a plan to allow for various performers to release titles made by their own production companies and fall under the RLD distribution network established over the last few years. One of the latest releases under this arrangement is French Connexxxion, a movie made by porn stud Manuel Ferrara, that followed the time tested gonzo formula of having attractive women in front of the camera with solid sex scenes. Some of the gals here were great looking and others looked like they were picked off the streets of a French red light district (pun intended) and their sexual talents varied a lot too. If you like gonzo and want to see women that haven't been in dozens of domestically released movies, read the following breakdown of scenes by cast and action:

Scene One: Melissa, a cute blonde gal with a sweet looking ass, gave a short interview before getting busy with Manuel on a love seat. He started off the action by going down on her, licking her pussy and ass a bit, before she gave him a blowjob. Her breathing told me that she really got into it and after he spanked her a few times, he started boning her from behind. She tasted herself off his penis and there was some gagging action going on and then some hard, fast anal. There was also some ATM but she mainly sat back and took it, without showing any energy by meeting his thrusts. It ended when he rubbed out his load onto her face.

Scene Two: Nomi, a skanky looking blond with a neon fishnet outfit and tiny black short shorts, teased the camera on a poorly lit pool table before walking up stairs to take on two men, Phil and Tony (my guess). She jumped right in to blow them, using her hands to keep them ready as she alternated between them but they gave her a taste too. Then they boned with her barely moving, vaginally at first and then anal with a DP, at which point she started to get into the action (thankfully). She tasted both of them after that (PTM, ATM) and they switched positions for their kicks. It ended when they both jerked off onto her face and in her mouth.

Scene Three: Carla and Angel, a couple of lean gals wearing stripper outfits, started off their scene with Manuel on a couch by jumping all over him. He spanked them a touch yet they were the sexually aggressive sex in this scene for the most part. They sucked him off, masturbated for him, and sucked face with him often enough. They also licked each other out and tasted themselves off his penis with some PTM action as they worked themselves up and down his shaft like they were getting off. This sexual energy was a welcome sight seeing as how the first scenes were lacking in it. They even rimmed him a little but there was no anal sex. He shot a large load on their faces at the end and they sucked face as they shared it (the gals).

Scene Four: Axelle, a lean but curvy brunette, showed Manuel her assets as she danced to some music in a sitting room. Like the others, she was all-natural too and he liked this aspect of her almost as much as her willingness to do anything he asked of her for money. She took on two of the unknown guys (I think Tony and Richard) on a couch by kissing them as she gave them handjobs. They soon tired of such manual action and wanted oral pleasure, one going down on her while she blew the other one. They moved on to screwing her pussy and ass with lots of DP action that included PTM and ATM before they jerked off onto her face.

Scene Five: Tiffany, the hotty in fishnets on the front DVD cover, had a lean body, crystal clear eyes and a willing attitude that entranced Manuel. Her tease worked even on me and soon enough, she was masturbating to ready herself for his attentions. They orally pleased one another before they boned in earnest. She worked it a bit, showing she wasn't a dead fuck like some of the others here, and then he started coaxing her to ready her ass for him to enter (by sticking most of her hand up her tight ass). He replaced her hand with her penis and the two carried on with little regard for the camera. She wasn't as energetic this time, his penis isn't small and he hammered away like he wanted to tear her in two. It ended when he jerked off into her face.

Summary: I liked several of the scenes enough to rate this one as Recommended but this might be a bit generous too. Some scenes showed gals with lots of talent enjoying themselves and other scenes showed women willing to put up with sex for money. Depending on what you like in a porno, you'll want to adjust your rating accordingly but keep in mind that the technical matters weren't great either, something I hope Mr. Ferrara works on in future projects.

Note: You can see recent candid shots of many other porn performers by visiting: My Photo's and read about their antics at 2004 AEE Show.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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