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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurent Lafaye
Catherine Hiegel ...
Catherine Samie ...
The Prostitute
Catherine Lachens ...
Sopha, the Boss
Emily Crumble
Telsche Boorman ...
Dorothy Crumble
Véronique Barrault ...
Sylvie Audcoeur ...
Maureen Diot ...
Miguel Bosé ...
Diego, the Young Man
Jean-Luc Violet ...


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

French Twist  »

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Box Office


$1,400,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Performed by Francis Agbo
Written by Gary Brooker (as G. Brooker), Keith Reid (as K. Reid) and Matthew Fisher
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Nothing spectacular, but fun
21 April 2000 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Although I was hoping for something even better, this was still a generally enjoyable French comedy that I certainly would recommend. Even though I was expecting a funnier film, I was nevertheless pleasantly surprised by how these characters (especially the homosexuals) were written. While it's not a hilarious movie, it was still fun and definitely entertaining throughout. Plus, things are helped by great performances by Abril and Balasko. Despite a few too many slow spots, this is still a good film that is worth your time.

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