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A French Gigolo (2008) More at IMDbPro »Cliente (original title)

A French Gigolo -- A married construction worker leads a double life as a male prostitute serving rich ladies.


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Release Date:
1 October 2008 (France) See more »
A married construction worker leads a double life as a male prostitute serving rich ladies. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Nathalie Baye ... Judith

Éric Caravaca ... Marco

Isabelle Carré ... Fanny

Josiane Balasko ... Irène
Catherine Hiegel ... Maggy (as Catherine Hiegel sociétaire de la Comédie Française)

Marilou Berry ... Karine
Félicité Wouassi ... Rosalie
George Aguilar ... Jim
Sandrine Le Berre ... Bérénice
David Rousseau ... Alex
Guillaume Verdier ... Zoltan
Jean-Christophe Folly ... Toutoune
Richard Berry ... Lucas

Maria Schneider ... Marie-Hélène
Joaquina Belaunde ... Rosanna
Mauricette Laurence ... Mémée
Arnaud Valois ... Sylvain
Véronique Barrault ... Madame Vandamme
Sylvie Herbert ... Madame Benaïche
Chantal Banlier ... Madame Mercier
Marie-Philomène Nga ... Madame Drame

Cécile Breccia ... Elodie

Guillaume Nicloux ... Jean-Louis
Rudy Berry ... Jonathan
Karen Dersé ... La maquilleuse
Guy Prévost ... Victor
Arnaud Foeller ... Jean-Marc
Hassan Gningue ... Homme retour vidéo téléachat
Virginie Bluzat ... Femme retour vidéo 2
Patrick Nogues ... Le chauffeur de maître
Christian Clessi ... L'huissier
Gérard Krawczyk ... Le patron du bistrot
Nadja-Rebecca Warasteh ... La vendeuse de la bijouterie (as Nadja Warasteh)
Tom Jedorowicz ... Jérémy
Habibur Rahman ... Le vendeur de roses du Jardin du Luxembourg
Jacques Petitpré ... Le scientifique du Palais de la Découverte

Directed by
Josiane Balasko 
Writing credits
Josiane Balasko 

Josiane Balasko (adaptation) &
Franck Lee Joseph (adaptation)

Produced by
Patrick Batteux .... executive producer: Moab, Utah
Cyril Colbeau-Justin .... producer
Jean-Baptiste Dupont .... producer
Josiane Balasko .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
DJ Kore 
Cinematography by
Robert Alazraki 
Film Editing by
Marie De La Selle 
Claudine Merlin 
Production Design by
Olivier Radot 
Art Direction by
Keith Mosca 
Costume Design by
Fabienne Katany 
Production Management
Didier Abot .... unit production manager
Matthieu Constans .... assistant unit manager
Arnaud Foeller .... unit production manager
Albert Prévost .... production manager
Catalina Restrepo .... production manager: Utah
Arzur Ronan .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zazie Carcedo .... first assistant director
Alice Darmon .... third assistant director
Mathilde Kraemer .... second assistant director
Art Department
Aurelie Combe .... assistant set dresser
Marine Genin-Birchler .... key painter
Baptiste Magis .... second assistant art director
Laurent Saimond .... property master
Julie Wassef .... second assistant decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dominique Hennequin .... sound re-recording mixer
Hassan Kamrani .... second boom operator
Fabien Kharat .... boom operator
Michel Kharat .... sound
Marie-Christine Ruh .... sound editor
Christophe Vingtrinier .... foley engineer
Visual Effects by
Arnaud Damez .... digital artist
Olivier Debert .... digital artist
Olivier Debert .... visual effects
Roxane Fechner .... visual effects supervisor
Elodie Glain .... visual effects coordinator
Anita Lech .... digital artist (as Anita Lech Bedez)
Aurélie Villard .... digital artist
Pascal Guégan .... stunts
Philippe Guégan .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Agostini .... camera operator
Sylvain Bardoux .... grip
Arnaud Borrel .... still photographer
Sarah Boutin .... assistant camera: video
Alain Cousseau .... gaffer
Aurélien Dubois .... second assistant camera
Maxime Héraud .... first assistant camera
Jérôme Prébois .... photographer: poster
Benoît Theunissen .... additional steadicam operator
Jean-Baptiste Thibaud .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Youna De Peretti .... casting assistant
Audrey Gatimel .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginie Bluzat .... costume design assistant
Fabienne Josserand .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Ornella Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin .... digital conformation
Other crew
Laetitia Dom .... production assistant
Laetitia Dom .... production secretary
François Ferracci .... opening titles
Valérie Novel .... location scout
Jessica Palud .... location scout
Laurent Renard .... press attache
Leslie Ricci .... press attache

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cliente" - France (original title)
"Client" - International (English title) (informal title)
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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
France:U | Portugal:M/16 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud)

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 »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
i totally enjoyed this film., 28 March 2013
Author: Hunky Stud from China

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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