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A French Gigolo (2008)

Cliente (original title)
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A married construction worker leads a double life as a male prostitute serving rich ladies.

Director:

Josiane Balasko

Writers:

Josiane Balasko, Josiane Balasko (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Judith
Éric Caravaca ... Marco
Isabelle Carré ... Fanny
Josiane Balasko ... Irène
Catherine Hiegel Catherine Hiegel ... Maggy (as Catherine Hiegel sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Marilou Berry ... Karine
Félicité Wouassi Félicité Wouassi ... Rosalie
George Aguilar ... Jim
Sandrine Le Berre Sandrine Le Berre ... Bérénice
David Rousseau David Rousseau ... Alex
Guillaume Verdier Guillaume Verdier ... Zoltan
Jean-Christophe Folly ... Toutoune
Richard Berry ... Lucas
Maria Schneider ... Marie-Hélène
Joaquina Belaunde Joaquina Belaunde ... Rosanna
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Storyline

Marco leads a double life. As Marco, he is a construction worker but rich ladies craving sexual excitation know him as Patrick. As Marco he is married to Fanny, an ambitious young woman who has opened her own hairdressing salon in partnership with her friend Rosalie. Marco/Patrick is not a male prostitute at heart: in fact he does the job in order to support his wife's business. Which doesn't prevent Judith, an elegant tele-shopping presenter who buys his services, from falling in love with him. But when Fanny learns what Marco does and with whom, she first gets mad but soon starts interfering in their affair. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1 October 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A French Gigolo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,021

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,006,729
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Josiane Balasko wrote the script a few years earlier but when she proposed it to film and television producers they all rejected it for being "shocking and inappropriate". Then she decided to make her screenplay into a novel, also titled 'Cliente'. Only after the book was a success could she find young producers who took the risk to have it filmed. See more »

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References Brokeback Mountain (2005) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Money Management
15 November 2009 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

CLIENTE ('A FRENCH GIGOLO') is a bit of French fluff using the subject of the world's oldest profession in an up to date role reversal situation. The 'seller' in this story is a young male construction worker (Marco - Eric Caravaca) who is married to Fanny (isabelle Carré) who owns a beauty salon that is on hard times: Marco's income drops below tolerable and he decides to try being a gigolo so that his wife won't lose her salon. The 'buyer' or client is divorced television personality and executive Judith (Natalie Baye) who satisfies her personal needs by hiring men via the internet for lunchtime trysts. Marco (who uses the name Patrick for his secret profession) connects with Judith and Judith pays him well for his services until Fanny discovers the source of Marco/Patrick's income and threatens to end their marriage. Marco returns to the home front, but returning to his life as a construction worker hardly pays the bills, and as Fanny stands to lose her salon, she encourages Marco to re-enter the life of a gigolo. Judith hires him again and a growing bond results from what should be a business arrangement. How Judith copes with the changes and the decisions Marco/Patrick makes fleshes out this light comedy that contains just enough of a bite to make it realistic.

There are other sidebar stories - Judith's sister's her affair with an American Indian, Marco's beloved Grandmother, Fanny's obnoxious live-in sister and Fanny's mother, and the reaction at the television studio by Judith's compatriots and their responses to her life style - that keep the story floating with very humorous and at times very tender diversions. Natalie Baye is her usual stunning self and manages to keep her character from becoming a parody. Josiane Balsako directs her own screenplay based on her own novel and understands the delicacies as well as the humor of the subject matter. It all works well and provides an evening of French comedy with a twist.

Grady Harp


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