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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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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:

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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An excellent film, in direction and acting, with an abrupt and surprising ending.
24 February 2002 | by fps37See all my reviews

This story of a French couple, middle class business people leading a life that they only find boring when they encounter a young, free spirited and unisexual man, takes some weird turns but does it with excellent performances and direction. Though the ending was a bit abrupt, as well as shocking, getting there was the fun - well, pleasure, maybe. The young man has an affair with the woman, and is clearly drawn toward the man as while. The husband's reaction is the key to the drama, and the actor's subtle signs of being tempted, against his nature and resisting all the way , are truly fine acting. The whole cast is excellent, and the sensual , open tone of the movie, mixing the fairly straight-laced couple, their young child, middle class friends and family, and the worldly young man and depicting them, ultimately, as not really all that different, is almost comforting...until that ending, which came rather fast and furious after a more slow moving development, shattering the mood. Still, this is a really fine job of direction, and development of characters who all seem far more common than we would think if merely being told about them.


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