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Côte d'Azur (2005)

Crustacés & coquillages (original title)
For summer vacation, Marc (Melki) and Béatrix (Tedeschi) take their two kids to the seaside house of Marc's youth, where their daughter takes up with a biker and their sons roams the beach with his best friend, who is in love with him. Things get steamier when Béatrix's lover Mathieu shows up, and Marc's old flame appears.

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Béatrix (as Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
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Marc
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Didier
Jacques Bonnaffé ...
Mathieu
Edouard Collin ...
Martin
Romain Torres ...
Charly
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Laura
Yannick Baudin ...
Michaël
Julien Weber ...
Sylvain
Sébastien Cormier ...
Laura's New Friend
Marion Roux ...
Billiard Player
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A family comprising of a father, mother, daughter and son head to the south of France for summer vacation. Charly's friend, Martin joins them. He is gay and has a crush on Charly. Charly's mother, Beatrix, thinks Charly is gay and having an affair with Martin. Charly's father is somewhat bothered by this and by the open sexuality in the family. Written by poco loco

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30 March 2005 (France)  »

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Côte d'Azur  »

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£9,623 (UK) (16 April 2006)
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Crazy Credits

The second part of Stéphanie Lelong and Olivier Marquezy's opening title sequence features impressions of the titular aquatic creatures animated in actions related to either the credit they appear alongside or the film's theme of love and affection. See more »

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And some say french films are bad!
8 September 2006 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Poring throughout all IMDb it's quite frequent to find that's what most Hollywood-trained moviegoers think.

I hope this film, as many others in the new French cinema will make them change their opinion.

Crustacés et Coquillages is one of the wittiest comedies around. The script is absolutely unpredictable, with so many funny notes to every "serious" content, that will keep you laughing to it's completely nuts ending. Shot and played beautifully during summertime in Côte d'Azur, this film puts you in a roller-coaster ride of reality, insanity and very serious affairs without ever being annoying or insulting.

The roles are carefully cherry-picked for every character. I wouldn't like to say what many others have already said (telling what the film is about) but to tell you that the meat of this film are the topics of today's real life. Topics that should be encouraged to talk about before things get too complicated with our children. Topics that are simply taken for granted when they shouldn't. As someone else already pointed out, this is a French film with all the possible "frenchness" in it, but, amazingly, taking things on the light side.

Finally, I'd suggest to watch closely the film-making process. Its cinematography, too, is very French and, as such, outstanding, without enormous resources. The cast is perfect: they portray exactly what they are and, then, it turns out to be exactly the opposite! Locations and dim-light situations are pushed to the limits, again, strapping resources. All in all a good film that lingers in the back of your mind longer than you'd think... as its music will surely do, too.


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