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A French Gigolo (2008)

Cliente (original title)
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A married construction worker leads a double life as a male prostitute serving rich ladies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Hiegel ...
Maggy (as Catherine Hiegel sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Félicité Wouassi ...
George Aguilar ...
Sandrine Le Berre ...
David Rousseau ...
Guillaume Verdier ...
Jean-Christophe Folly ...
Richard Berry ...
Joaquina Belaunde ...


Marco leads a double life. As Marco, he is a construction worker but rich ladies craving sexual excitation know him as Patrick. As Marco he is married to Fanny, an ambitious young woman who has opened her own hairdressing salon in partnership with her friend Rosalie. Marco/Patrick is not a male prostitute at heart: in fact he does the job in order to support his wife's business. Which doesn't prevent Judith, an elegant tele-shopping presenter who buys his services, from falling in love with him. But when Fanny learns what Marco does and with whom, she first gets mad but soon starts interfering in their affair. Written by Guy Bellinger

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1 October 2008 (France)  »

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Did You Know?


Josiane Balasko wrote the script a few years earlier but when she proposed it to film and television producers they all rejected it for being "shocking and inappropriate". Then she decided to make her screenplay into a novel, also titled 'Cliente'. Only after the book was a success could she find young producers who took the risk to have it filmed. See more »


References Brokeback Mountain (2005) See more »


Tweedle dee tweedle dum
(Les rois mages)
Original lyrics by Lally Scott
French lyrics by Jean Schmitt Claude Carrère
Music by Mario Capuano and Giosy Capuano
Performed by Leslie
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i totally enjoyed this film.
28 March 2013 | by (China) – See all my reviews

i don't think that there is a Hollywood version of the same topic. i enjoyed watching it truly, and i am surprised that it got such an average rating.

the best support actress award should go to the mother. i have seen a few french films, i don't think that i have seen any older women like her before, her acting was excellent.

and it seems that in European films, their male studs have average bodies. if this film was made in Hollywood, i am sure that the director will only hire a guy who is young, hot looking, and most of all, a great body. this actor in this film only has an very average body, and he is not shaved.

so it seems that there are poor people in France, too. that is another new topic, i don't think that i have seen a french film about common workers who are struggling to make a living, etc.

if you are expecting to see lots of hot sex scenes, you will be disappointed. neither the guy or the ladies had any hot sex scenes.

it is always refreshing to watch a foreign film to see what people are doing in other countries. i rated this film an 8.

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