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Cockles And Muscles [DVD]

Gilbert Melki , Valeria Bruni Tedeschi , Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gilbert Melki, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jean-Marc Barr, Jacques Bonnaffe
  • Directors: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GL186S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,700 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The smash hit comedy from Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau Directors of MA VIE & DRÔLE DE FÉLIX A pleasurable comedy of love and sexual identity unfurls over a balmy summer holiday. Marc (Melki) takes his wife Béatrix (Tedeschi) and their two children to the seaside house of his youth. The Mediterranean wind blows and the heat of summer strokes their passions and desires. Nineteen-year-old daughter Laura, has a rendez-vous with her biker boyfriend and then heads off to Spain, while their son Charly, 17, roams with his best friend Martin. Béatrix is sensitive to the erotically charged atmosphere that exists between the boys, and imagines that her son is gay. Marc meanwhile is upset at the prospect of it, although Béatrix is determined to be open. When Béatrix's lover Mathieu shows up, and Marc's old flame appears, complications ensue and the holiday descends into chaos.


"Funny and filthy romp... immensely funny" --The List

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Film 5 July 2007
My partner and I both really enjoyed this film. It's fun and quite heart-warming, well-acted and entertaining without being over-dramatic or contrived. Very enjoyable and well worth watching.
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By Mike 21
I'm going to keep this really brief. This is one of the funniest films i've ever seen, if you like the sound of it then you will DEFINITELY love it. If you're not sure, buy it, you won't be disappointed! I promise you'll have a smile on your face for hours after watching this film. The cute guys are just the icing on the cake!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also sold as "Cote D'Azur" 19 Nov 2009
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This DVD is also marketed under the title "Cote D'Azur.

A sophisticated French Farce!! Wonderful!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical. 6 Oct 2009
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Cockles and Muscles is not only a gay themed movie, it is also a celebration of the family and the individuals therein. Typical to French theatre the family responds to a series of revelations in a manner which unexpected and sensitive, although I suspect many amongst a British or American audience would consider such typical French eccentricity. The story begins with Marc and Béatrix having taken their two children, although this is far from an accurate description of the two young adults infused with passion and self-awareness, to the home of Marc's youth. He tries his very best to be the father he thinks they deserve, including embracing the tolerance of his wife Beatrix who assumes that their son may be gay. What follows is a series of events that border on the farcical.

The movie is extremely funny, with a script that is both witty and engaging. The writers who are also the Directors cleverly intertwine the aforementioned revelations with well orchestrated humour until a far more serious theme emerges. What you presume to be is true is in fact merely an inaccurate presumption founded on Beatrix's own sexual compromise, whereas that which you least expect is in fact the underlying truth of the story. Tolerance, love and the importance of being true to oneself are made self-evident, and whilst the ending may be typically `happy' it is the journey within the movie that makes it all worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable French Farce 1 July 2009
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This fabulous and highly enjoyable French comedy with twists and pleasant surprises all the way, is a joy to watch from start to finish. The broadminded mother with her 'live and let live' attitude (she has a Dutch mother of course!) and her slightly more cautious, uptight (and rather gorgeous) hubby are a delight. All characters have a skeleton in their closet and it all comes to a head in a riotous ending.
I have seen quite a few gay oriented films in my time and this has to be one of my all time faves! The soundtrack is in French (with English sub titles) but don't let this put you off. Trust me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a farce of mega-proportions 23 July 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Cockles and Muscles grows on you with repeated viewings, I find. It is all about a family who go on holiday to a big house near Marseille. There is a son and daughter who are about 18 and 20, the mother has a lover, and the father a secret past. Then the son's friend comes to stay, who is gay, the mother suspects the son is and that they are boyfriends, and the stage is set for a farce that takes off like a helium balloon. There are continuous night-time trysts, cruising in the bushes, masturbation in the shower and out of it, and much all-round confusion, some of which can be blamed on too many oysters, but surely not all. The film maintains a warm tone throughout and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is particularly entrancing and laid-back. She is ideal for the part, and contrasts brilliantly with her uptight husband as played by Gilbert Melki, and the nude lover (Jacques Bonnaffé) emerging from behind the shrubbery. The youngsters are cute, the two musical numbers go with plenty of fizz, and there is some irony in the fact that the mother notices what a nice bottom the daughter's biker boyfriend has, something which we barely see and which cannot be uppermost in his mind, and that the next summer she has a new boyfriend who has this same salient feature which we do see as he dances. This gives a nice sense of continuity even if one might argue that it is on the wrong people. But this is only one of the film's profounder insights ... It also has some wonderful sun-drenched landscapes caught at different times of the day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Why Not Yes and No at Once?" 21 Feb 2010
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"Why Not Yes and No at Once?" Thus asks Beatrix, and this question sums up the film. I am amazed that this film has an `18' certificate: there is absolutely no violence and the sex is hardly explicit, and everyone has a happy ending.

The film revolves around the often lack of hot water in the shower of the holiday home of Marc, his wife Beatrix, and their son and daughter in the sunny south of France. (The French title of the film - `Crustaces et Coquillages' - refers to a seafood dish from Marseilles.) All three male leads (Marc, his son Charlie, and his son's gay friend Martin) has a shower scene to, let us say, `relieve their frustrations', as eventually do Beatrix and her lover. But the centre of the film is the young Charlie as he learns more about who he is (he `comes out' as a heterosexual), yet in fact he is the very one who is not up to `extra-curricular' tricks and games: his mother actually complains that these days "teenagers are so conventional."

The film rarely had me laughing out loud, but there are some funny moments. There are occasional echoes of `La Cage aux Folles' where, for instance, Marc breaks his toast by applying too much pressure, but the film is a combination of the elements of farce (with lots of opening and closing of doors), family drama, and musical. (OK, there are only two songs, but that's enough for me!) Lovers of modern French film will recognise the fine actors playing Marc (Gilbert Melki), Beatrix (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), and her lover (Jacques Bonnaffe).

In the accompanying directors' commentary, we learn that the film was originally supposed to have been shot in Brittany, near Mont St Michel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars FILTH!
Disgusting depravity and sordid awfulness. French as well! I might have known! Men kiss other men and do things which are hardly credible or hygenic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Gillingwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely French Farce in the best traditions
While I don't remember laughing out loud at this film I do remember the feel good mood at the end of it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JOSEPH OLIVER
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous film
This is the third copy of this I have bought for me and my friends and family. It leaves you happy and satisfied that the world can be a great place .... in the end!
Published 8 months ago by Helen Wardle
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun piece of fluff.
Light, entertaining, feel-good. Doesn't take itself too seriously, though there is some drama involved. Don't bother if you are anti-gay, though.
Published 8 months ago by Mike Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockles and Muscles
A hilarious film about a French family and their friends, and the complicated relationships they find themselves in while on holiday. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Veronica Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
Enjoyable tale about a family on holiday. Although somewhat clichéd, still entertaining. The father is concerned about the son - who has invited his gay pal along for the... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by J-dub
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny French Farce
Saw half this film on the telly and fully enjoyed it. Then rented it from Lovefilm. Enjoyed it again. Decided it was "a keeper" so bought it. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Mr. S. R. Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars Check your holiday home shower works! A real hoot of a comedy.
Lots of fun here. Check your holiday home shower works, as if you have teenagers it could be occupied a long time. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by Dan Filson
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming French film
Excellent French film, hysterical and also touching. Ought to be a cult gay movie, and great to see Jean-Marc Barr in this atypical rôle. Charming! Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by Dusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockles and Muscles
This could only be a French film, as the machinations of the plot are like a Feydeau farce. Very amusing, but the song and dance routine at the end is a bit mystifying - what was... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by J. C. Russell
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