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French Twist (1995)

Gazon maudit (original title)
R | | Comedy | 19 January 1996 (USA)
After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again.

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Loli
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Marijo
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Laurent Lafaye
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Antoine
Catherine Hiegel ...
Dany
Catherine Samie ...
The Prostitute
Catherine Lachens ...
Sopha, the Boss
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Emily Crumble
Telsche Boorman ...
Dorothy Crumble
Véronique Barrault ...
Vero
Sylvie Audcoeur ...
Ingrid
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Solange
Maureen Diot ...
Cristelle
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Diego, the Young Man
Jean-Luc Violet ...
Barman
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Laurent is the local estate agent, a job that offers easy opportunties for his womanising. His wife beautiful wife Loli looks after his home and two children unaware of his many affairs. However, their world is turned upside down by the arrival of Marijo, an itinerant lesbian whose minivan breaks down nearby. The neglected Loli is drawn to the sensitive Marijo and when she learns of Laurent's infidelities, invites Marijo to move in with them. The arrangement takes an emotional toll on each of them, exacerbated by the arrival of a figure from Marijo's past. As they struggle with the situation and each other, all of their lives are changed forever. Written by Peter Coles

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A scorned wife. An outrageous affair. The perfect marriage.

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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19 January 1996 (USA)  »

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$1,400,000
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Trivia

The French title (literally "Dreadful Lawn"), is a crude expression for pubic hair. See more »

Goofs

At one moment, Laurent and Antoine are going to bicycle together and stop to have lunch. Laurent gets drunk and when he starts riding again his bike in a rather dangerous manner, Antoine goes after him and shouts "Alain, fais pas le con!" ("Alain, don't be stupid!"), calling the actor Alain Chabat by his real name instead of his character's name, Laurent. See more »


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A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
Performed by Francis Agbo
Written by Gary Brooker (as G. Brooker), Keith Reid (as K. Reid) and Matthew Fisher
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Continental Farce
17 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

I am tempted to describe this little farce of sexual manners as "mainstream", although it certainly isn't by Hollywood standards - continental Europe is a different matter. It certainly violates the rule book of romantic comedies US style: the homosexual characters have a more than ornamental role to play, the leads often behave in a less than likeable manner, and the morals our characters adhere to are thoroughly un-American.

So, sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it? I generally liked it, but there were moments where I would have wanted the film to make a turn towards either something a bit darker and nastier or something more easily enjoyable. Sitting on the fence between these two options did not always work. I also was not happy with the casting of Josiane Balasko as the lesbian who seduces Victoria Abril, mostly for the very simple reason that she lacked sexual appeal to make this believable, but also because her butchness was too visibly a mask.


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