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French Twist (1995)

Gazon maudit (original title)
R | | Comedy | 19 January 1996 (USA)
After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again.

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Josiane Balasko
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Abril ... Loli
Josiane Balasko ... Marijo
Alain Chabat ... Laurent Lafaye
Ticky Holgado ... Antoine
Catherine Hiegel Catherine Hiegel ... Dany
Catherine Samie ... The Prostitute
Catherine Lachens ... Sopha, the Boss
Katrine Boorman ... Emily Crumble
Telsche Boorman Telsche Boorman ... Dorothy Crumble
Véronique Barrault Véronique Barrault ... Vero
Sylvie Audcoeur Sylvie Audcoeur ... Ingrid
Michèle Bernier ... Solange
Maureen Diot Maureen Diot ... Cristelle
Miguel Bosé ... Diego, the Young Man
Jean-Luc Violet Jean-Luc Violet ... Barman
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Storyline

Undoubtedly, the smug real estate agent, family man, and father of one, Laurent, is a shameless philanderer. Under the nose of his beautiful but unhappy wife, Loli, the incurable womaniser never misses an opportunity to cheat on her, until one day, the cigarillo-smoking and very lesbian plumber, Marijo, sets foot in their house. Now, the stage looks set for the perfect revenge, and nothing can stand in the way of a woman scorned. Can Loli and Laurent survive the complications of having a stranger in their bedroom? Written by Nick Riganas

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A scorned wife. An outrageous affair. The perfect marriage. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish | English

Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

French Twist See more »

Filming Locations:

Le Roux, Ardèche, France See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The French title (literally "Dreadful Lawn"), is a crude expression for pubic hair. See more »

Goofs

At one moment, Laurent and Antoine are going to bicycle together and stop to have lunch. Laurent gets drunk and when he starts riding again his bike in a rather dangerous manner, Antoine goes after him and shouts "Alain, fais pas le con!" ("Alain, don't be stupid!"), calling the actor Alain Chabat by his real name instead of his character's name, Laurent. See more »

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The original ending was edited and changed for the American release. See more »


Soundtracks

HISTOIRE D'UN AMOUR
(HISTORIA DE UN AMOR)
Performed by Dalida
Words and music by 'Carlos Almaran'
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A witty and observant comedy.
7 January 2001 | by burneyfanSee all my reviews

Loli, played by Victoria Abril, has given up a promising career as a dancer to become the wife of a womanising estate agent; and though she knows of one woman he has had an affair with and has forgiven him, she knows nothing about any of the others - not even her own baby-sitter! No. Her main complaint against him is not his promiscuity but that he takes her for granted and shows her little affection. So, when a butch lesbian, played by Josiane Balasko, appears on the scene, stopping at the house to ask for water for her van's radiator, she is a ripe fruit waiting to be picked. And this kind, mature, worldly-wise lesbian is an expert in the art of seduction.

On an evening out together, the husband, played by Alain Chabat, already annoyed at the lesbian's intrusion into his home with his wife's encouragement, is driven into a blind fury when he discovers the lesbian's hand half way up his wife's thigh and sees them dancing together in a way that is very intimate. From this follow many scenes of shouting and screaming, jealousy and rage. You feel for the husband's usurpation and his humiliation at being rejected for a lesbian - though you rejoice at his come-uppance - and you feel for the wife who deserves the affection she has been so long denied, and you feel for the lesbian with a loving heart who wants only to make the wife happy - though others may condemn her for destroying a relatively happy marriage. The husband hates her so much and is so desperate to get rid of her that he is willing to do anything to get her to leave.

But despite all the passion and jealousy this is a light comedy and not a heavy drama, and you have the feeling all along that everything will work out well in the end. And it does. The moral of the story, affirmed at the end, is that the only things that matter are love, tenderness and affection and if we get those the source's sexual gender is immaterial; we are all bisexual.

This is a bright, witty and observant comedy, well-acted, particularly by Victoria Abril,


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