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A bored couple takes in a young man who turns their lives inside out Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Uninspired tale of married couple descending into disillusionment and prurient sensuality just goes on "automatic pilot" with predictable relationships and familiar story formula. See more (14 total) »


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Miou-Miou ... Nicole Kunstler (as Miou Miou)

Charles Berling ... Jean-Marie Kunstler

Stanislas Merhar ... Loïc

Mathilde Seigner ... Marylin
Nanou Meister ... Yvette
Noé Pflieger ... Pierre
Michel Bompoil ... Robert
Christopher King ... Steve
Gérard Blanc ... Bertrand
Betty Petristy ... Madame Bertrand
Bobby Pacha ... Le patron Ranch
Corinne Nejman ... Josiane
Thérèse Gehin ... Maryse
Joëlle Grégorie ... Travesti Banane
Pascal Allio ... Les danseurs
Caroline Galiani ... Les danseurs
Thomas Seiler ... Les danseurs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue ... Danseur (uncredited)

Directed by
Anne Fontaine 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anne Fontaine 
Gilles Taurand 

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Cinematography by
Caroline Champetier 
Film Editing by
Luc Barnier 
Casting by
Sylvie Meyer 
Frédérique Moidon 
Production Design by
Antoine Platteau 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Tavernier 
Makeup Department
Joël Lavau .... makeup designer
John Nollet .... hair stylist
Production Management
Michèle Arnould .... production manager
Jacques Scarrone .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brahim Arbia .... assistant director
Béatrice Humbert .... assistant director
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Marc Fiess .... assistant art director
Camille Guillon .... assistant art director
Bruno Lefebvre .... property master
Françoise Rabut .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Olivier Do Huu .... assistant sound mixer (as Olivier Dô Hùu)
Olivier Goinard .... sound trainee
Denis Guilhem .... assistant sound
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound engineer
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound engineer
Brigitte Taillandier .... assistant sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy-Auguste Boléat .... key grip
Julien Hirsch .... camera operator
François Mestoudjian .... camera operator
Luis Peralta .... electrician
Casting Department
Bobby Pacha .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Julia Gregory .... assistant editor
Pierre Réali .... color timer
Gerard Savary .... color timer
Location Management
Pierre Jouille .... location manager: Belfort
Music Department
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Other crew
Ariel Askénazi .... financial director
Rahila Bootwala .... production administrator
Sandrine Boulet .... production assistant
Marie Calderon .... production assistant
Brigitte Faure .... administrator
Marine Guez .... production assistant
Blanca Li .... choreographer
Maggie Perlado .... script
Bettina Strainchamps .... intern

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nettoyage à sec" - France (original title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Uninspired tale of married couple descending into disillusionment and prurient sensuality just goes on "automatic pilot" with predictable relationships and familiar story formula., 7 June 1999
Author: Robert Armstrong from Chicago IL, United States

Saw a humongously uninspired French movie, Dry Cleaning (Nettoyage a Sec), that the advertisers swear won Cesar awards all over the place, but is just a hodgepodge of every foreign movie cliche that might strike an upscale audience as profound: a sexually ambiguous stranger insinuates himself into the lives of a married couple, engaging them in sexual games that bring them to the brink of self-destruction. She's desolate without the young man; the husband wrestles with his denial that he's also turned on by the stranger. Of course this is "art theatre," so we are to suppose that every straight man is really a gay man who hasn't found out yet. On the other hand the homosexual aspect of the story becomes the vehicle that carries the husband into his own corner of hell, an idea that seemed arty thirty-odd years ago (The Sergeant; The Children's Hour) but now is just insulting to gays. And of course the story is dotted with major and minor sexual interludes and taunts, but relationships are left to angry, dissatisfying silences between not-particularly-interesting characters. Story elements are offered that suggest the plot could go somewhere else but instead lead nowhere (the young man's sister leaves and conceivably might return looking for him; the young man has genuine talent as a dry-cleaner and might make a life for himself beyond his "drifter" existence; the married couple thinks about moving to Canada). I think the filmmaker has a long way to go in justifying why he wanted to make this movie -- what he thought would make this film extraordinary compared to some other story about dissolving marriage or sexual curiosity. Imagine La Strada if Anthony Quinn just sat around and brooded. If Thomas Mann had written Dry Cleaning it would be called Death in Suburbia: except that, speaking strictly for myself, I think it's the audience that dies.

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