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French Twist (1995)
"Gazon maudit" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  19 January 1996 (USA)
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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
Miguel Bosé ...
Diego, the Young Man
Jean-Luc Violet ...
Barman
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Storyline

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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French Twist  »

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$1,400,000 (USA)
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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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HISTOIRE D'UN AMOUR
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Performed by Dalida
Words and music by 'Carlos Almaran'
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Better than Expected
6 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

"French Twist" is a film that is full of surprises from the very beginning to the very end. A comedy made in France in 1995 gives us a plot that asks any man what he would do if his wife fell in love with a lesbian. The premise is hilarious and so is this movie. As a comedy it works very well. The characters, and their plights, are funny because the actors in this film give surprisingly good performances. Victoria Abril, who plays Loli the housewife, does a great job in giving such life to her character while bringing enough emotion to make such a ridiculous affair believable. The rest of the cast does a great job as well, especially Alain Chabat, who plays the husband. He's a scum, but at some point in the movie, Alain is able to turn his character around and make the audience feel his plight.

Kudos should also be given to both the director and writer. Only a talented writer could forge a script that flies by quite smoothly regardless of its ridiculous premise and only a talented director could translate such a script onto the screen with few hiccups. On that note, I must say that I appreciate the pace of this movie the most. It lingers in the areas it should just long enough for the characters to develop before moving to the next plot twist. And boy, are there a bunch of those! Really, the pacing is what makes this movie such a joy to watch.

Overall, "French Twist" is a very solid movie, and a really good comedy. If you have any interest in movies that stretch past sexual orientation or are just looking for some quality laughs, I highly recommend this.


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