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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

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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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 »


Soundtracks

HISTOIRE D'UN AMOUR
(HISTORIA DE UN AMOR)
Performed by Dalida
Words and music by 'Carlos Almaran'
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Surprisingly Light, Inoffensive
31 October 1999 | by BishonenSee all my reviews

wisp of a romantic comedy. Abril's character charms both a lesbian and her inattentive husband who soon regrets his lack of regard for his live-wire wife. Her sexuality is fluid---not really gay or straight but reponsive to genuine love and affection.

If this film were about exclusively hetero characters it would probably not engender most of the outrage and invectives hurled at it. At its essence, it's a light, well-acted film with decent writing and, frothy sexual politics typical of romantic comedies. It's no more offensive than, say, "10" or "When Harry Met Sally". The fact that the same-sex element seems to send some viewers into paroxyms of homophobic outrage says more about the viewer than anything terribly offensive or subversive about this movie. That it looks at the characters with some open-mindedness and wit makes it worthy of a look.


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