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Dry Cleaning (1997)
"Nettoyage à sec" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  29 January 1999 (USA)
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A bored couple takes in a young man who turns their lives inside out

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Nicole Kunstler
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Jean-Marie Kunstler
Stanislas Merhar ...
Loïc
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Marylin
Nanou Meister ...
Yvette
Noé Pflieger ...
Pierre
Michel Bompoil ...
Robert
Christopher King ...
Steve
Gérard Blanc ...
Bertrand
Betty Petristy ...
Madame Bertrand
Bobby Pacha ...
Patron du Ranch
Corinne Nejman ...
Josiane
Thérèse Gehin ...
Maryse
Joëlle Grégorie ...
Travestie aux bananes
Pascal Allio ...
Danseur
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Nicole and Jean-Marie Kunstler are a nice, hard working couple who have been married for 15 years. They operate a dry cleaning business that keeps them both too busy to take a vacation, or to change their routine. A fateful trip to a drag club leads them to encounter Loic and Marilyn, a brother-sister drag queen performing team. Their shows fascinate the couple, as both Nicole and Jean-Marie find themselves growing more and more attached to Loic. Loic brings to the surface all of their suppressed desires and emotions - willingly and unwillingly. A psychological examination into the effects one attractive young man's entrance into the lives of an ordinarily seeming couple could have. Written by Tracy <tjc217@is2.nyu.edu>

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$14,919 (USA) (5 February 1999)

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$142,363 (USA) (5 November 1999)
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Terence Stamp did it

It's a cinematic tradition: the handsome young man who insinuates himself into a household of boring bourgeois types and stirs things up. Terence Stamp did it in Teorema, Robert Forster in Reflections in a Golden Eye, Peter McEnery in Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Will Smith in Six Degrees of Separation. Here, the young man is a bisexual who quickly wins the heart of a frustrated Miou-Miou and disturbs the dull, penny-pinching boss of a dry cleaners, Berling. The script and direction by Anne Fontaine are assured, but the ending may leave some viewers perplexed (it did me), as it seems to come out of nowhere.

Stanislas Merhar deserved the Most Promising Actor Cesar that he won as the pretty boy; you can readily see why the wife can't get enough of his caresses. Charles Berling often plays men who suffer in silence; he has a wonderful way of tightening his mouth that speaks volumes, and here he's very good as the husband.


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