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Pousse Cafe (1997)

A retired game show baron and his estranged gay son spar over old family bitterness and popular culture while testing recipes for a book on the history of cocktails.


Susan Winter
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Credited cast:
Anthony Hamilton Anthony Hamilton ... Rex
Dominic Hamilton-Little Dominic Hamilton-Little ... Gerald
Steven J. Levy Steven J. Levy ... Joe - Swimmer
Beatrix Ost Beatrix Ost ... Claire
Lisa Williams Lisa Williams ... Eilene


Pousse Café depicts the complex, often hilarious relationship between Rex, a retired British-American game show baron and his estranged son Gerald, a gay performance artist from New York. Gerald's elegant, but aloof, mother Claire has left Rex to "live her bliss" with a shrimp boat captain. Unable to fathom her motives, Rex lures Gerald home to act as an intermediary, despite Gerald's approval of Claire's search for happiness. Between Gerald's unsuccessful forays to the shrimp docks, father and son settle in Rex's elegant penthouse to test and refine drinks for Rex's retirement project, a book on the history of cocktails. The two men verbally spar over old family bitterness, popular culture, money, love, and the correct ingredients of hundreds of cocktail recipes. To honor their new bond, Rex reveals his past to his son through sharing the secret of the many-layered cocktail, the Pousse Café. Set in the nineties, Pousse Café takes a darkly humorous look at contemporary family ...

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A Cocktail Comedy See more »


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

1 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tampa, Florida, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Absinthe Inc. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Excellent gay film that isn't about being gay
21 January 2007 | by bytebearSee all my reviews

I saw this film years ago at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Of all the films I saw that weekend, this was by far the best. It is also one of the best "gay themed" movies I have seen ever.

The film is not about a man coming our, or the angst of being gay. It is about a father and son. The son is openly gay, but that is not the center of the story. The main plot point is that the father is newly single after his wife leaves him. The son helps his father adjust to being alone, and both become closer in the process.

Just watching the intricacies of creating the drink "Pousse Cafe", a complex combination of layered liquors, displayed in bands of color. The drink is a metaphor for relationships and how delicate they are in their dynamics.

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