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Dry Cleaning (1997)

Nettoyage à sec (original title)
A bored couple takes in a young man who turns their lives inside out

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Anne Fontaine
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miou-Miou ... Nicole Kunstler (as Miou Miou)
Charles Berling ... Jean-Marie Kunstler
Stanislas Merhar ... Loïc
Mathilde Seigner ... Marylin
Nanou Meister Nanou Meister ... Yvette
Noé Pflieger Noé Pflieger ... Pierre
Michel Bompoil Michel Bompoil ... Robert
Christopher King Christopher King ... Steve
Gérard Blanc Gérard Blanc ... Bertrand
Betty Petristy Betty Petristy ... Madame Bertrand
Bobby Pacha Bobby Pacha ... Le patron Ranch
Corinne Nejman Corinne Nejman ... Josiane
Thérèse Gehin Thérèse Gehin ... Maryse
Joëlle Grégorie Joëlle Grégorie ... Travesti Banane
Pascal Allio Pascal Allio ... Les danseurs
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French | English | Russian

Release Date:

29 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dry Cleaning See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,919, 7 February 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,363, 7 November 1999
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Written by Jacques Mercier and Philippe Lhommet
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Corpse of dream
19 March 2007 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

Sad, melancholic, nostalgic and soft.

A film about illusions and impossibility of escape. Description of failure and ambiguous expectation. French flavor and marks from Pasolini, empty universes and slices of love, game without innocence and failure of dreams.

A world, a small world where the work is only real refuge. Where the memories or the projects are shadows of a lost time and a bovaric certitude.

Delicate and tender, subtle and innocent, this film is a pledge for discover the sense of existence. The image of war with the other or with yourself, the fear like basic answer to the movement of time, the questions like skin of interior fog, the presence of temptation in the person of an androgynous teenager, the looks, deceptions or infidelity are elements of ordinary life. For everyone, "The Queens of Night" are key to a second chance, to a form of happiness. But always, the happiness is puzzle of illusions and the old rules are more strong that any form of seduction. In final, the corpse of a gorgeous dream like only "souvenir" of a perverse form of normality.


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