French Twist (GAZON MAUDIT)

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Entertaining French Film

Released as ‘French Twist’, (2005), is a cult comedy written and directed by Josaine Balasko, who also stars alongside Victoria Abril and Alain Chabat. In French with subtitles.

Gazon MauditIn this very modern ménage à trois, Laurent (Chabat) is a serial philanderer who assumes his dutiful wife Loli (Abril) is blissfully ignorant of his cheating. However, when a broken-down campervan brings stranger Marijo (Balasko) into their lives, Loli starts a less conventional extramarital romance of her own.

It’s a saucy, daring comedy in which sex becomes an ever-shifting game of musical chairs.

Upset the American Bible Belt

This film upset the American Bible Belt because of the suggestion that a wife could leave her husband, even a complete womanising jerk, for a woman.  Not even one eyebrow was even slightly raised in disgust in Europe.

See the film at the Cinema Museum

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If in London, on Sunday afternoon, May 31st, see the film at the remarkable Cinema Museum, near the Elephant and Castle. Tickets.

Not only do you get the film, but a selection of clips from other French comedy films in very relaxed surroundings.  You can a drink or snack – including quiche and pizza.  Really lovely venue.

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The building used to be the Master’s House of the Lambeth Poor House, where Charlie Chaplin’s spent some time before he made his way to America.

 

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