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Les Risques du métier (Risky Business) is a 1967 French film starring Jacques Brel. Jean Doucet (Brel) is a popular teacher in a small French village. One of his pupils accuses him of sexual assault. Soon two other teenage girls also accuse him too of sexual assault or rape. Jean Doucet denies the charges, but he is arrested.

Les Risques du métier provides examples of:

  • Clear My Name: Jean Doucet is accused of sexual assault and rape. He has to prove that he is innocent.
  • Cool Teacher: Jean Doucet is one. He has fun with the kids during the village's festival.
  • False Rape Accusation: Hélène accuses Doucet of having raped her. Two other girls accuse him of sexual assault. In the end, they all confess that they lied.
  • Fille Fatale:
    • Catherine Roussel tries to charm her teacher and pretends he assaulted her when he rejects her.
    • Hélène charms the Portuguese worker and has sex with him.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The two policemen who question Hélène. One is quite nice with her. Since she does not answer, the other policeman theathen her with a virginity test.
  • Gossipy Hens: The villagers talk a lot about Jean Doucet because he received a valuable lighter from one of his pupils and he gave money in return to all of them. The fact that he does not have children is also a subject of discussion for the villagers.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Catherine Roussel denounces Jean Doucet as a sexual predator because he rejects her and because she thinks that he has a relationship with Hélène.
  • Henpecked Husband: Catherine Roussel's father is visibly dominated by his wife.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Catherine Roussel is in love with her teacher, Jean Doucet. He is already married with Suzanne and he ignores her, since she is just a child for him.
  • In Medias Res: The film starts when Catherine Roussel runs back home with her dress torn. Then, there are several FlashBacks to depict previous events.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Suzanne and Jean Doucet cannot have a child.
  • Malicious Slander: Three girls pretend that they were raped or assulted by Doucet. He is arrested because of that.
  • Meal Ticket: Hélène's father for Martine Augier. She is in a relationship with him because he paid for her shop and for her brother's treatment.
  • The Mistress: Martine Augier for Hélène's father.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: In the end, Suzanne (Doucet's wife) admits that she was ready to lie to protect the man she loves, just like Hélène, one of Doucet's accusers, did.
  • Overprotective Dad: Hélène's father. Hélène lied because she was afraid her father would have hit her boyfriend, the Portuguese worker.
  • Small Town Boredom: Suzanne, Doucet's wife, is bored with the life in the small village.
  • Stacy's Mom: Catherine Roussel, Josette Monnier and their friends think that their teacher, Jean Doucet, is hot. Josette Monnier steals photographs of him in swimsuit. Catherine Roussel, who is in love with him, gives her her radio in exchange of a photograph.
  • Teacher/Student Romance:
    • Subverted with Catherine. She has feelings for Jean Doucet, but when he realizes it, he rejects her and tells her that she is an immature kid.
    • Subverted with Hélène too. One might think that there is one between Jean Doucet and Hélène, because it seems that she went willingly to an rendez-vous with him. But Hélène tells the police that she did not know that it was supposed to be a romantic date and she pretends that Jean Doucet raped her. Finally, Hélène tells the truth: she did not have an appointment with Jean Doucet, but with her boyfriend, the Portuguese worker.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Four teenage girls lie for different reasons. Their lies mean an innocent and nice person will probably spend his whole life in prison, but this does not seem to disturb them too much.