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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

Undoubtedly, the smug real estate agent, family man, and father of one, Laurent, is a shameless philanderer. Under the nose of his beautiful but unhappy wife, Loli, the incurable womaniser never misses an opportunity to cheat on her, until one day, the cigarillo-smoking and very lesbian plumber, Marijo, sets foot in their house. Now, the stage looks set for the perfect revenge, and nothing can stand in the way of a woman scorned. Can Loli and Laurent survive the complications of having a stranger in their bedroom? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

A scorned wife. An outrageous affair. The perfect revenge. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish | English

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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Runtime:

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 »

Alternate Versions

The original ending was edited and changed for the American release. See more »


Soundtracks

HISTOIRE D'UN AMOUR
(HISTORIA DE UN AMOR)
Performed by Dalida
Words and music by 'Carlos Almaran'
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Quintessentially French
8 September 1999 | by drella-2See all my reviews

I know many people have a mental block about foreign-language films, but this is an excellent taster for the nervous. No portentous symbolism or moody gazes into the middle-distance - just a witty, sexy comedy of errors, where the audience's sympathies bounce back and forth between the three principal characters. Instantly accessible to monolinguists - and yet its panache and pace could only be French (yeah, I know Abril is Spanish).

Incidentally, I know we're not really supposed to respond to other comments from IMDb users, but it's interesting to note that the movie-loving community displays just as much intolerance and uptightness about sexuality as any other disparate group of people.


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