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Ménage (1986)

Tenue de soirée (original title)
A bisexual petty criminal named Bob encounters a married couple arguing in a bar. Bob breaks up the fight and proceeds to seduce first the wife and then the husband. Then Bob teaches the ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Blier

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Bertrand Blier
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gérard Depardieu ... Bob
Michel Blanc ... Antoine
Miou-Miou ... Monique
Michel Creton Michel Creton ... Pedro
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Husband in house 3
Mylène Demongeot ... Wife in house 3
Caroline Silhol Caroline Silhol ... Wife of the Rich and Depressed Man (as Caroline Sihol)
Jean-Yves Berteloot ... Male Prostitute in night club
Bruno Cremer ... The Art Lover
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... The Rich and Depressed Man
Dominique Besnehard Dominique Besnehard
Bernard Farcy
Michel Pilorgé Michel Pilorgé
Michel Such Michel Such
Maurice Travail Maurice Travail
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A bisexual petty criminal named Bob encounters a married couple arguing in a bar. Bob breaks up the fight and proceeds to seduce first the wife and then the husband. Then Bob teaches the couple how to be burglars and they join him in his criminal exploits. Written by Steven B. Blades

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ménage See more »

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$925,952
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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Blier's weird worlds continue to amuse
6 September 2014 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

I continue to enjoy Blier's twisted imagination, and the way he makes blackly comic and surreal films that are not like anyone else's. He is often accused of being a misogynist, but to me, his men are no less screwed up (indeed they often seem more so) in these studies of sexuality, relationships, social norms and morality.

In this case we start with an unhappy. broke and bored couple Antoine (Michel Blanc) and Monique (Miou-Miou). Into their lives dances (literally) Bob (Gerard Depardieu) a sexy, swaggering, amoral, bi-sexual ex-con and thief. Before you can blink he has seduced the couple into joining him on his raids on the houses of the rich. Meanwhile the sexual politics between the three get ever more complex as it becomes clear Bob is far more turned on to the mousy, devoutly heterosexual Antoine than he is to the more obviously attractive Monique. Ultimately it becomes, in it's absurdist way a meditation on how power and sex work in relationships, as well as letting go of one's self-image.

All three actors are terrific, but Depardieu in particular seems to be having a blast – a macho tough guy one second, a tender gay romancer the next. All played with a kind of honesty and humanity that only makes the extremes that much funnier.


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