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  (in credits order)
Marylin Guillaume ... Joëlle (as Maryline Guilaume)
Segfried Sellier ... Arlène (as Siegried Cellier)
Carole Gire ... Martine (as Chris Martin)
Hervé Amalou ... Hector
Jean-Baptiste Oury ... Guy (as Jean-Baptiste Ory)
Gilles Kervizic ... Eric
Dolorès Manta ... Charlotte
Bernard Petitpas ... Claude (as Bernard Talbin)
Guy Royer ... Le gentleman
Dominique Aveline ... Le client du taxi
Jack Gatteau ... Olivier
Louison Boutin ... Le gigolo
Daniel Bellus ... Le concierge
Agnès Lemercier ... L'ami de Joëlle
René Douglas ... Le père de Joëlle
Michel de Nyokinos ... Le narrateur (voice)

Directed by
Francis Leroi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francis Leroi 

Produced by
Francis Leroi .... producer
Original Music by
Dany Darras 
Jean-Pierre Pouret 
Cinematography by
Roger Fellous (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Annabel Le Doeuff  (as Annabelle)
Makeup Department
Nadine Fraigneau .... makeup artist (as Nadine Freigneau)
Production Management
Daniel Bellus .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christophe Smith .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bisioli .... chief electrician
Jean-Jacques Bouhon .... assistant camera
Alain Venisse .... still photographer
Other crew
Natalie Perrey .... script supervisor (as Nathalie Perrey)

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Also Known As:
"Erotic Pleasures" - International (English title)
"Femmes à combler" - France (video title)
"Lonely Pleasures" - International (English title)
"Plaisirs solitaires" - France (alternative title)
"Single Pleasures" - Australia
"Tout pour le plaisir" - France (video title)
"3 piger søger sex" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"I piaceri solitari" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Koritsia tin ora tis dropis" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Os Prazeres Solitários" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Tre fräcka franska flickor" - Sweden
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Solitaire's the Only Game in Town, 4 July 2008
Author: Dries Vermeulen

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Making the transition from stylish soft core fodder like CINE-GIRL and LES TENTATIONS DE MARIANNE to unexpurgated explicitness, by choice as much as economic necessity as he would insist until his untimely death from cancer at the mere age of 60, Francis Leroi was justifiably proud of his hardcore endeavors, usually signing them under his real name (though he would occasionally resort to the pseudonym of "Jim Clack") and ending on a high note with 2001's haunting masterpiece REGARDE-MOI. One quarter of a century before, LES PLAISIRS SOLITAIRES showed the fledgling fornication filmmaker getting his feet wet and his hands dirty for the very first time. The movie remains a good example of the level of sophistication the French adult industry might have maintained if the government hadn't sucked the life out of it through ludicrously increased taxes that left only minimal resources for actual production if it was to sustain any form of commercial viability. Okay, I know, this is 2008 and it's probably time to stop flogging this long dead horse in the age of DVD, but historical perspective forces me to assert once more that it wasn't video but parliament that killed the Continental porno star !

A simple yet elegantly constructed narrative focuses on a day in the lives of three very different women who occupy the same Paris apartment building. Refined Siegried Cellier, best remembered for her work in "Patrick Aubin" a/k/a Jean-Claude Roy's NUITS SUEDOISES, plays lady of leisure Arlène who dreams of meeting a man who's interested in her rather than her money but finds some high-priced afternoon delight with gentleman thief Guy Royer instead. She also has the film's standout sexual encounter that could serve as a textbook illustration of what Golden Age French skin flicks were all about : a heated fumbling with stalwart Dominique Aveline in the back of a cab whizzing past Paris tourist spots – most definitely including the very phallic by association Eiffel Tower – accompanied by typical wine 'n' baguette accordion music ! Schoolgirl Joëlle (gorgeous Maryline Guillaume, the secretary from "Georges Fleury" a/k/a Jean Desvilles' LES PLAISIRS FOUS, the movie that marked the debut of superstar Brigitte Lahaie) decides to cut class that day as she wants to lose her virginity, her initial attempts leading nowhere but a half-hearted S&M session played mostly for laughs and a palpitating lesbian liaison with a butch little number who tricked her by promising a tussle with her (as it turns out, non-existent) brother. Passing the school gates, she bumps into her French professor André Miller (sometimes "Hervé Amalou", from Desvilles' TOUT EST PERMIS) who takes her home for some private tuition, showing her what she has been missing out on. Already something of a cliché at that time, bored housewife Martine (flaxen-haired Carole Gire, billed as "Christine Martin", the maid from "Michel Barny" a/k/a Didier-Philippe Gérard's excellent DELIRES PORNO) experiments with group sex at the instigation of naughty neighbor Dolorès Manta, whose big-boned constitution made her a highly convincing dominatrix in the late Alain Payet's COCKTAIL PORNO. Blink and you will miss the ubiquitous Jacques Gatteau as a belated wannabe participant turned down by the had it up to here Gire. Perhaps as a sign of the times, all the ladies' free lovin' only leads to tears before bedtime, making for a moralizing wages of sin coda, a trait this movie shares with the late "Frédéric Lansac" a/k/a Claude Mulot's equally excellent SUPREMES JOUISSANCES.

There were some very talented people working on both sides of the camera and back in 1976 they could still be bothered to put their best foot forward. Roger Fellous would go on to become one of the most respected cinematographers in an industry not always held in high regard. The soundtrack eschews typical "wah wah" porno music for a most eclectic mix creating a distinctive mood for every encounter, contributed to Dany Darras and Jean-Pierre Pouret who would memorably score the Mulot masterpieces ECHANGES DE PARTENAIRES and SHOCKING !

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