Irma la Douce. 1963. USA. Directed by Billy Wilder. Screenplay by I. A. L. Diamond, Wilder, based on the play by Alexandre Breffort. With Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi. DCP. 147 min.
Parisian policeman Nestor Patou is transferred to a beat in the red light district, where he witnesses many irregularities concerning the working girls, their customers, and his fellow policemen, who look the other way. When the stationhouse organizes a raid of one of the brothels, the symbiotic relationship between the pimps, prostitutes, and cops is wrecked, and Patou finds himself out of a job. While drinking his sorrows away in a local bar, he meets Irma, a working girl. Patou falls for Irma and begins to pay her for her time as long as she remains true to him.