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Dry Cleaning (1997)

Nettoyage à sec (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 January 1999 (USA)
A bored couple takes in a young man who turns their lives inside out

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nicole Kunstler (as Miou Miou)
... Jean-Marie Kunstler
... Loïc
... Marylin
Nanou Meister ... Yvette
Noé Pflieger ... Pierre
Michel Bompoil ... Robert
Christopher King ... Steve
Gérard Blanc ... Bertrand
Betty Petristy ... Madame Bertrand
Bobby Pacha ... Le patron Ranch
Corinne Nejman ... Josiane
Thérèse Gehin ... Maryse
Joëlle Grégorie ... Travesti Banane
Pascal Allio ... Les danseurs
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Nicole and Jean-Marie Kunstler are a nice, hard working couple who have been married for 15 years. They operate a dry cleaning business that keeps them both too busy to take a vacation, or to change their routine. A fateful trip to a drag club leads them to encounter Loic and Marilyn, a brother-sister drag queen performing team. Their shows fascinate the couple, as both Nicole and Jean-Marie find themselves growing more and more attached to Loic. Loic brings to the surface all of their suppressed desires and emotions - willingly and unwillingly. A psychological examination into the effects one attractive young man's entrance into the lives of an ordinarily seeming couple could have. Written by Tracy <tjc217@is2.nyu.edu>

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29 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Dry Cleaning  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,919, 7 February 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,363, 7 November 1999
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1.66 : 1
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Intriguing Triangle of Love With a Tragic End
2 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

In a small town in France, Nicole Kunstler (Miou-Miou) and her husband Jean-Marie Kunstler is a traditional French middle-class couple, bored with their years of marriage and running a small business of cleaning and ironing clothes with some financial difficulties. When they meet the bisexual Loic (Stanislas Merhar) working as drag in a night-club with his sister Marylin (Mathilde Seigner), the sexually dissatisfied Nicole feels a great sexual attraction for him. The couple brings the young man to live and work with them, in a weird relationship, and Nicole has an affair with Loic and becomes a happy person. This intriguing triangle of love has a tragic end. "Nettoyage à Sec" is almost an excellent romance. The screenplay begins very daring, but the solution for the love situation is very moralist and resolved in a tragic, but easy way. The cast has a great performance and the direction is very good, but the story deserved a better conclusion. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Lavagem a Seco" ("Dry Cleaning")


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