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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.

Director:

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

Laurent is the local estate agent, a job that offers easy opportunties for his womanising. His wife beautiful wife Loli looks after his home and two children unaware of his many affairs. However, their world is turned upside down by the arrival of Marijo, an itinerant lesbian whose minivan breaks down nearby. The neglected Loli is drawn to the sensitive Marijo and when she learns of Laurent's infidelities, invites Marijo to move in with them. The arrangement takes an emotional toll on each of them, exacerbated by the arrival of a figure from Marijo's past. As they struggle with the situation and each other, all of their lives are changed forever. Written by Peter Coles

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Taglines:

A scorned wife. An outrageous affair. The perfect marriage.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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 »

Alternate Versions

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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previsible, but light and fun
30 May 2004 | by ArgieInLASee all my reviews

Here's a film which is definitely outside the box for American audiences. French films are usually an acquired taste and this one is no exception. This is a delightful light comedy about a married couple whose life change upon the arrival of a butch lesbian to their lives. You don't have to be a genius to guess what's coming. Nevertheless, the movie is funny, it's done with great taste and sensibility, and even though the characters are not 100% belivable, they are not stereotypical. Victoria Abril is delicious, playing the wife whose disenchantment of the married life leads her to explore a lesbian affair. What I liked in particular about this comedy, is that sexual orientation never becomes the main issue in the movie, and it's really secondary to the human relationships that develop in this bizarre triangle. The script could have been a little less linear, but the characters are well developed and well played. Overall, French twist is a fun light comedy which probably wouldn't raise an eyebrow in Europe but will need a very open minded audience in the US. Unfortunately we're not ready yet.


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